Lost, Stolen & Found Dogs

By Debbie Mathews

My Dog Is Missing, What Do I Do?

My Dog Is Missing, What Do I Do?

Where is my dog?

If the worst happens and your dog disappears, try to stay calm and be positive. You won’t be effective at finding your dog unless you act quickly and communicate clearly

• If your dog is lost or suspected stolen, it is important to act quickly.

• Report the loss to your local council’s Dog Warden and those in all other neighbouring local authorities.

• If you believe your pet has been stolen, report it to the police and insist you are given a Crime Reference Number (CRN). This will help you at a later date should your dog be found with a new owner.

• Report the loss/theft to the microchip database, this will ensure that if anyone tries to re-register the chip number, you will be informed.

• Register on missing pet websites – Doglost.co.uk is the largest and cover the whole UK, free. They produce an instant poster and they also send other pet owners in your area an alert. Police and animal wardens cross check with Doglost and it is recognised as the National Database of missing dogs (other animals are registered too)

• Use social media; Facebook and Twitter has proved to be successful.

• Make sure local vets are aware in case someone takes your dog in for treatment, if they have been involved in an accident.

• Visit places where dog walkers go such as local parks and public places and talk to people, asking them to keep an eye open for your dog.

• Contact local animal shelters and rescue charities and send them
posters to display.

• POSTER, POSTER AND POSTER AGAIN !

Here are some other tips I hope you’ll find useful.

Keep your dogs microchip number and microchip database phone number in a safe place! I have added my dog to my mobile phone contacts and have included along with her microchip number and database contact info, my insurance policy number with the contact number and the local dog wardens numbers.

* Neuter your pet as this can reduce the likelihood of roaming and make them less attractive to pet thieves. Dogs are likely to be sold on if neutered but used for breeding if not!

* Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an ID tag and that it is up to date. It is a legal requirement for a dog to have an ID tag with your name and address on it. We also recommend including your mobile phone number on any ID tag as this can help reunite you with your pet quickly should they ever get lost.

* Microchip your dog. It has been a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped in England and Wales since April 2016. Please check that your dogs chip is registered with up to date contact details, since the new legislation was introduced there have been many mistakes made by the databases. If you have imported or bought an overseas puppy/dog you must register the microchip on a UK database.

• Decide who owns the dog in your household. Discuss who would own the dog in the event of bereavement or break up and draw up documentation to this effect. This may seem unnecessary, but pets can become the centre of ownership disputes in these circumstances.

• If you find a stray dog and it does not have an ID tag on, take them to a vet to be scanned. You must by law report a found stray dog to the local animal warden. Keeping a stray dog can result in you being charged with ‘Theft of an animal by finding’


Update and Focus on Missing dogs. Could they be in your area?

PUPPIES STOLEN IN HOUSE BURGLARY AND STILL MISSING :-
Nottinghamshire Police
Puppies stolen in robbery
Officers are appealing for information after two bulldog puppies were stolen during a robbery in Thurley Walk, Mansfield yesterday (19 July 2017).
At around 3pm, two men arrived at the house, posing as interested buyers after seeing an advert online. Once inside, one of the men picked up the dogs, whilst the other allegedly pushed and held a woman up against the wall as she tried to stop them from leaving.
If you have any information that may help, please give us a call on 101, quoting incident number 487 of 19 July 2017.

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PRINNY STOLEN FROM OUTSIDE A SHOP AND STILL MISSING:-,
Prinny is a Female Cross Breed Black An White (Age: Adult). Stolen from Premier Shop The Pantry on Union Road Oswaldtwistle, Accrington, Lancashire, BB5 area, North West on 16th April 2017. Microchipped.
CONTACT: 07511104297
or call Lancashire Constabulary
Crime Reference No.: LC201704210785

FOUR DOGS STOLEN FROM KENNELS, ONE ESCAPED AND WAS INVOLVED IN A RTA.
DOGS TILLY, DAISY AND STORM, STOLEN from secure kennels on 5th November 2016
Wotton, Dorking, Surrey. No news or updates.
1 escaped but was tragically run over and killed at the scene
CRN 45160097926 Call Surrey Police on 101
Loved and Missed.
The picture is of Tilly, Daisy & storm

RAGS MISSING WHILE BEING WALKED AND STILL MISSING:-
Rags is a Female Terrier Cross Gold With White, Rough Coat (Age: Adult). Missing from Raven Hayes Woods, Frankley, West Mids, B32 area, Central on Friday, 2nd September 2011
Rags disappeared on her normal walk in Raven Hayes Wood, Frankley. She went ahead of her owner and totally disappeared. Despite searches by owner there has been no signs or sightings. Rags is microchipped.
Rags owner vows never to give up looking for her

BUILDER LEFT THE DOOR OPEN AND LOUIE ESCAPED AND IS STILL MISSING :-
Louie is a Male Yorkshire Terrier Black And Tan (Age: Adult). Missing from Kings Norton, Birmingham, B30 area, Central on Tuesday, 25th September 2012
Louie escaped from home after builders left the front door open and he headed towards Cotteridge, Kings Norton area. He was 2/3 years old. The last sightings were ar Spring Coppice, Haden Hill Park and Codsall Coppice, Valley Road, Coppice Road, Timbertree Crescent, Trejon Road, Cradley Heath, Sandwell B64. He’s out there somewhere & needs to be home and reunited with his family. We miss him terribly! PLEASE call the number below with any info. Thank you.
CONTACT: 07789 552720 or 07871 619810

BENTLEY STOLEN FROM CAR AND STILL MISSING :-
Bentley is a Male, Chihuahua, White, (Age: Young Adult). Stolen from Treloggan Car Boot Sale, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 area, South West on 27th June 2017.
Car seen speeding away ‘J’ reg silver /grey spacewagon type, passenger female approx 50’s, long dark hair.
Police aware
CONTACT: 07961593640
or call Devon & Cornwall Police on 101


All heartbreaking stories, please do keep watching in your own area. these dogs could turn up anywhere.
And finally...some good news!

STOLEN BETTY REUNITED AFTER 16 MONTHS:-
Reunited 21st July 2017 - Stolen 13th March 2016.
Found approximately 30 miles from home.
Owner Linsey said. "It's been a very difficult 16 months but you have all been through it with us, every share, retweet and message of support has got us here today, so although I'm hesitant to share this post I know that Betty is loved far and wide and if she could talk she would personally thank each and every one of you for bringing her home. She has been robbed of being a puppy but we will make sure everyday that she has the best life ever from now on. "

"Betty has had a caesarean so it's very frustrating to think that if only that vet had scanned her for a microchip she would have been home much sooner but she is healthy and home and that's all we ever wanted."

The reason why all vets should scan and check microchips !





Debbie Mathews


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There are many loopholes that work against responsible dog owners and their microchipped pets so Debbie, along with her farther Sir Bruce Forsyth set up Vets Get Scanning with the aim to get all Vets to adopt a practice policy where all dogs are routinely scanned for microchips on their first visit. When a dog is taken into the veterinary practice with an owner no check for microchips will be made. This means stolen dogs that are sold onto unsuspecting members of the public will not be scanned and the dog will not be returned to its rightful owner.

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