The Kennel Club joins Nottinghamshire's fight against dog theft
Nottinghamshire is taking the lead in the fight against dog theft with a new national coalition to tackle the problem across the UK.
And The Kennel Club, the UK's largest charity devoted to canine welfare and health, has offered its full support to Nottinghamshire's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Emma Foody, in her quest for tougher justice for those who steal dogs.
Ms Foody, who is herself a dog owner, unveiled ambitious plans to develop a ‘Canine Coalition' in response to growing cases of dog theft across the country during the pandemic.
The Deputy PCC is demanding the Government pay greater attention to the problem and has now secured the full backing of The Kennel Club in tackling the issue.
Other organisations to pledge support are Guide Dogs for the Blind, animal charity Blue Cross and the Wood Green Animals Sanctuary.
It comes after Nottinghamshire Police became the first police force in the country to appoint a dedicated specialist dog theft lead.
Ms Foody said: "We are absolutely delighted to have the support of The Kennel Club and other animal welfare organisations across the country in our efforts to bring this vital issue to the fore.
"Our collective voice is far more powerful and together, we will do everything in our means to raise the profile of this despicable crime and demand more action to prevent further distressing incidents occurring in our communities.
"Alongside our demands for tougher justice, it is important owners are armed with the best advice and information available to protect their pets and take a proactive role in their safety and as a team we will aim to deliver that education."