Survey launched to measure public perception of dog theft, enforcement, and the prosecution of offenders


Sussex's Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne, in partnership with the APCC, has created an online survey designed to understand the public’s perception of dog theft, enforcement, and the prosecution of offenders.

The survey includes a question seeking views on whether companion animals should be treated in law as sentient beings, not merely as property. Having a common data set of responses will help inform discussions PCCs will have nationally and allow police forces to better understand the public’s views.

Mrs Bourne said: "Pet theft, dog theft in particular, is a growing concern for the public and their fear has been perpetuated over the last couple of weeks with shocking reports in the media of more dogs being snatched by criminals.

"I am incredibly eager to get more detail around this issue and understand residents’ views and if they feel more could be done to respond to their concerns or for more preventative measures to be put in place to better protect their pets.

"I’m pleased to see the Home Secretary recognising the devastating impact of this crime and I hope that the results of this survey will give the Government the evidence it needs to take more robust action against perpetrators.”

The survey is open to anyone across England and Wales. The deadline to have your say is Friday 12 March.

For advice on how to prevent your pet from being stolen or becoming a target, visit the RSPCA website.


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