‘Shocking’ rise in dog thefts as Staffordshire Bull Terriers most at risk

ANIMAL thefts have increased since the first national lockdown as the price of pets and the demand for them rises due to the “pandemic puppy” phenomenon.

The price of dogs in the UK has surged by 450% and Home Secretary Priti Patel has promised to look at tougher measures to stem the “absolutely shocking” rise in pet thefts.

New data shows the number of dog thefts reported in the last five years, as well as which dog breeds were most commonly stolen.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers have been named as the breed most at risk of dog theft, as they made up just under a fifth of all incidents, with 367 thefts over the last five years.

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