UK to crack down on dognappers with new pet abduction offence
The Guardian says dognappers will face tougher penalties under government plans to introduce a criminal offence of pet abduction.
Pet theft is currently prosecuted under the Theft Act and is subsequently treated as loss of property to the owner, which for years campaigners have been saying fails to recognise the emotional distress caused by the crime.
Amid a surge in animal thefts during the Covid pandemic, the offence of pet abduction will be introduced through primary legislation and will cover all pet theft, although evidence found 70% of reported animal thefts involve dogs.
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