Buckinghamshire Co-ordinator, Sandie Robertson and her Old English Sheepdog, Megan, have been walking to raise money for Pedigree Paws Unite.
The 160 mile walk – with all 216 recognised dog breeds in the UK – is in aid of dog and children’s charities across the country. It’s organised by the Peek a Boo Trust, set up by the owners of DogLost’s celebrity supporter Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Jilly, after she won Crufts three years ago.
DogLost benefited from their first sponsored walk, Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt, and is encouraging members to sponsor Sandie and Megan after completing their leg in Cambridgeshire.
The walk continues all week at locations around the UK
You can donate through Virgin Money Giving and follow the walk on their Facebook page.
A report by the BBC has highlighted the growth in dog theft across the UK.
Using statistics obtained form Police forces around the country, the report identified the huge variation in reporting and the need for tougher sentencing.
The story was picked up by all regional TV news programmes and many of the BBC local radio stations.
Said DogLost spokesperson, Nik Oakley, “The report gave us the opportunity to talk about the growth of dog theft and the impact on owners. We were also able to highlight the fact that statistics demonstrate how police forces react to the crime rather than just the size of the crime.”
DogLost was featured in most of the programmes as well as offering case studies of stolen dogs for both radio and TV.
The story was also picked up by Radio 4’s You and Yours and on 5Live. It also made the headlines on Radio 2 and the BBC News Channel.
Together with Dartford MP, Gareth Johnson, DogLost was able to make the case for the need for tougher sentencing for dog thieves and a specific offence of pet theft.
Owners of lost and stolen dogs are being asked to be on their guard for a man demanding money for their return.
Numerous owners have been called by a man who says he has their dog and will harm him if they don’t pay £400 or £500 into a Post Office. Owners who have asked for photographic evidence that he has the dog are faced with aggressive behaviour.
One owner – who asked not to be named – said, “Fortunately I had taken advice from DogLost and I immediately asked for some evidence that he had my dog. Although I had been warned it was a hoax, the caller was very abusive and threatening.”
Like most of the calls that are being made from the withheld number, this owner was told he had 10 minutes to take the money to the Post Office.
Said DogLost Police Coordinator, Jane Frankland “Sometimes he states he knows where owners live, but that’s impossible as only telephone numbers or emails are displayed on websites where the missing dog is listed.”
Unfortunately a number of dog owners have been taken in and police across a number of counties are investigating.
Owners confronted by a person demanding money for the return of their dog should phone the police on 101 immediately.
Anyone with information on the alleged extortionist should contact email@example.com or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 in complete confidence.
There is evidence that since the introduction of compulsory microchipping at the beginning of the month, more dogs are being left unclaimed.
DogLost coordinators believe that the rise in unclaimed dogs is due to the fear of being fined £500 for not having a dog chipped.
A DogLost spokesperson said: “At this very early stage we think it is highly unlikely that an owner would be fined if they claimed their dog. Dog Wardens will advise owners to get their dog chipped within 21 days and they may subsequently check that.”
“We would urge all owners to claim their dogs and not be in fear of reprisals”
DogLost celebrity supporter and former Crufts winner, Jilly, AKA Soletrader Peek a Boo, made a surprise visit to the Crufts final sofa with owner Gavin Robertson and rising star, Annie Mac.
Interviewed by Claire Balding, Gavin Robertson highlighted the contribution of Jilly’s Peek a Boo Trust which has raised some £100,000 for both children’s and dogs’ charities in the last three years.
Some of the money raised benefited DogLost with Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt raising nearly £50,000 with a sponsored walk from Crufts to Great Ormond Street Hospital
The interview accompanied a film showing how a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen puppy has benefited the children at a junior school on Merseyside.
DogLost has just been congratulated on its work in the area of dog theft by Gareth Johnson MP in the debate called by him in the House of Commons this evening.
Johnson called for tougher sentencing despite the Sentencing Council ignoring the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance’s representations last year.
Justice Minister, Dominic Raab, for the government, dismissed the calls for separate legislation claiming that both the Theft Act and Animal Welfare Act were sufficient.
A spokesperson for the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance said that the campaigning would continue.
DogLost celebrated its first year working in partnership with Essex Police with a slice of cake.
The formal partnership has seen some successful results, not least the reuniting of cancer-detecting Monty the English Bull Terrier following a tip-off to DogLost.
The little celebration followed a meeting between the two organisations and local.
The photo shows DogLost’s Essex Co-ordinator, Kim Herbert and Police Co-ordinator Jane Franklin, along with Basildon Dog Warden Sarah Moran, Essex Watch Liaison officer Kevin Blake, Crime Prevention and Partnership Sergeant Tina Pavelin, Jacky Donaghy, Dogs Trust and Essex Watch Liaison Officer Brenda Cross.
DogLost works with a number of police forces around the country with new partnerships expected in the coming months.
The DogLost app is the fab new way of finding your lost or stolen dog. It allows you to share information on your missing pet with other DogLost users and via social media.
It links you to the 90,000 – and rising – users on the DogLost website which has assisted over 80,000 lost and found dogs in the past 12 years and helped reunite 7,000 last year.
The DogLost app is a social network which works in conjunction with the DogLost website and its volunteers, which engages with people in their area to help in the speedy return of a dog that has been lost, stolen or found. However, you will need to register on the app.
The app makes it easier to find a lost dog: His or her profile will be sent to other app users within a 20 mile radius of your location and can resend as many times as you like in the same or new location and share on Facebook and Twitter.
Information on your dog can be stored in your new account, so if he goes missing you can share this news instantly – reducing the time it takes to get out information about your lost or stolen dog and increasing the likelihood of being reunited.
The app is being launched ahead of DogLost’s new website which will go online at the end of the month.
Download the app now to join the DogLost community to help reunite thousands of missing dogs with their owners every year.
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