#LawsForPaws

Uniting dog owners and dog businesses all over the UK to achieve Pet Theft Reform

Dogs businesses up and down the country are desperate to act and do all they can in the fight against the rising trend in dog thefts. #LawsForPaws wants to spread awareness of ongoing dog theft campaigns to get stricter sentencing for criminals that steal dogs.

#LawsForPaws

In a bid not to dilute the great work already being done by the Pet Theft Reform Campaign, we want to help harness and channel that energy by supporting businesses to educate their customers. We want to make them aware of the great work that is being done so that they too can join in the fight. We want changes to the laws around dog theft in the UK and with your help, we can succeed!

What are we trying to achieve with the #LawsforPaws Campaign:

  • We aim to unite dog businesses all over the UK in the fight to achieve Pet Theft Reform
  • We want to provide businesses with the tools and information they need to educate their customers on how they can support the excellent work being done by The Pet Theft Reform Campaign
  • We are hoping to raise money to support Dog Lost through the sale of the unique #LawsforPaws campaign t-shirt  (100% of the profits will be donated)

In a bid not to dilute the great work already being done by the Pet Theft Reform Campaign, we want to help harness and channel that energy by supporting businesses to educate their customers. We want to make them aware of the great work that is being done so that they too can join in the fight. We want changes to the laws around dog theft in the UK and with your help, we can succeed!

What are we trying to achieve with the #LawsforPaws Campaign:

– We aim to unite dog businesses all over the UK in the fight to achieve Pet Theft Reform

– We want to provide businesses with the tools and information they need to educate their customers on how they can support the excellent work being done by The Pet Theft Reform Campaign

– We are hoping to raise money to support Dog Lost through the sale of the unique #LawsforPaws campaign t-shirt  (100% of the profits will be donated)

Support #LawsForPaws

There are lots of ways you can support the #LawsForPaws campaign!

There are lots of ways you can support
the #LawsForPaws campaign!

Sign the petition to add your voice to the many calling on the government to reform the laws around pet theft. Make sure to share the petition to get more people signing!

Buy a #LawsForPaws T-shirt to support the campaign with the profits supporting organisations that are working towards dog theft reform! Make sure to snap a pic and post it with the tag #LawsForPaws!

Write to your MP and ask them to support Pet Theft Reform! Click below to find a guide we’ve put together, to help you when writing to your MP.

Sign the petition to add your voice to the many calling on the government to reform the laws around pet theft. Make sure to share the petition to get more people signing!

Buy a #LawsForPaws T-shirt to support the campaign with the profits supporting organisations that are working towards dog theft reform! Make sure to snap a pic and post it with the tag #LawsForPaws!

Write to your MP and ask them to support Pet Theft Reform! Click below to find a guide we’ve put together, to help you when writing to your MP.

And make sure to share the campaign with your network to help reach more people!

#LawsForPaws

Dog thefts are estimated to have increased by 250% during the pandemic due to the sharp rise in demand. 

According to the Kennel Club less than 5% of pet theft cases result in a conviction and approximately only  22% of stolen dogs are reunited with their owner
Dog thefts are estimated to have increased by 250% during the pandemic due to the sharp rise in demand. 

According to the Kennel Club less than 5% of pet theft cases result in a conviction and approximately only  22% of stolen dogs are reunited with their owner
Dog thefts are estimated to have increased by 250% during the pandemic due to the sharp rise in demand. 

According to the Kennel Club less than 5% of pet theft cases result in a conviction and approximately only  22% of stolen dogs are reunited with their owner

Currently, if a dog is stolen this is classified as a crime under the Theft Act 1968 and a dog is considered to be a possession or as the law refers to them ‘goods’.

 

Within the Theft Act, there are 4 classifications of theft ranging from the lowest (up to £500 worth of stolen goods and little or no significant additional harm to the victim or others) up to category 1 (goods stolen with a value of £100,000 or above or high value with significant additional harm to the victim or others).

 

The maximum sentencing penalty for anyone found guilty of stealing a dog is seven year’s imprisonment however because the majority of dogs are seen as having low financial value criminals often receive much lower sentences.

There are several groups and individuals who have started online petitions to tackle this issue. 

 

In June 2020 the Petitions Committee wrote an open letter suggesting, “Ministers could bring forward legislation, either by amending the Theft Act or the Animal Welfare Act, that would create a specific new offence of pet theft with an appropriate sentencing range that will act as a deterrent and provide a punishment that reflects the impact of stealing a living creature and companion.”

The topic was last debated in Parliament on the 19th October 2020 and the last formal response from them on  20 January 2021 was “Current court sentencing guidelines for theft already take into account the emotional distress that theft of a family pet can have on owners, and already recommend higher penalties for such offences.”

 

With comments from the Home Secretary Priti Patel on 12th February this year suggesting she was "building up" the case for making pet theft into a serious offence we want to amplify the amazing work already done by so many and force this to the top of the agenda in Parliament.

Support as a Business

As well as supporting the campaign as an individual, you can lend your support to #LawsForPaws as a business in a variety of ways.

Tell your customers about the #LawsForPaws campaign in your newsletter or on your social media channels!

Send your logo to hello@k9nation.dog with the subject LawsForPaws and we’ll add it to our supporter’s section below.

Let your local press know about the campaign and that your business is supporting #LawsForPaws. You can find a template press release here.

Tell your customers about the #LawsForPaws campaign in your newsletter or on your social media channels! Don’t forget you can use the #LawsForPaws resources above.

Businesses up and down the country support our campaign!

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Here you can download some images to share on social media using the hashtag #LawsForPaws. Let’s get justice for dogs!

Here you can download some images to share on social media using the hashtag #LawsForPaws. Let’s get justice for dogs!

Support the Cause

We’ve worked with Scruffy Little Terrier, a great dog-friendly business that you can find on the K9 Marketplace, to create a campaign t-shirt helping to spread the word and raise some money to help charities currently working hard to reunite dogs with their families.

The profits from the sale of the #LawsForPaws t-shirts will go to Dog Lost, a charity that focuses on locating lost and stolen dogs and making families whole again.

  • Click the button below to head over to the Scruffy Little Terrier site and get yourself a #LawsForPaws t-shirt!
  • Take a picture in your t-shirt and post it to your social media to help spread the word. Make sure to use the hashtag #LawsForPaws!
  • Tell your friends and family about the campaign and share a link on your socials!

The profits from the sale of the #LawsForPaws t-shirts will go to Dog Lost, a charity that focuses on locating lost and stolen dogs and making families whole again.

  • Click the button below to head over to the Scruffy Little Terrier site and get yourself a #LawsForPaws t-shirt!
  • Take a picture in your t-shirt and post it to your social media to help spread the word. Make sure to use the hashtag #LawsForPaws!
  • Tell your friends and family about the campaign and share a link on your socials!

The profits from the sale of the #LawsForPaws t-shirts will go to Dog Lost, a charity that focuses on locating lost and stolen dogs and making families whole again.

– Click the button below to head over to the Scruffy Little Terrier site and get yourself a #LawsForPaws t-shirt!

–  Take a picture in your t-shirt and post it to your social media to help spread the word. Make sure to use the hashtag #LawsForPaws!

– Tell your friends and family about the campaign and share a link on your socials!

#LawsForPaws

Let us know your email and we'll keep you up to date with the campaign progress!

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You can find more information about dog theft as well as advice for keeping your dog safe on the K9 Nation App. Download the app for free today!