Help to end dog thefts.

Help to end dog thefts.

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Stephen Catchpole started this petition to BBC

Dog thefts have surged in recent years. With an estimated 2000 cases in the UK last year, the trafficking and sale of stolen dogs is now big business in the criminal world,.
 
This is a particularly cruel and heartless crime with the victims sometimes being subjected to violent assault before having their beloved pets snatched away from them. In most cases the authorities are of very little help. Such incidents are rarely investigated by police and are filed away as just another theft.
 
This leaves the victims bereft, heartbroken and tormented by their fear of what has become of their pets. Not only do the victims feel they have nowhere for them to turn for help, but also, although the general public are outraged by these crimes, they too are left feeling powerless to do anything to stop it.
 
The purpose of this petition is to appeal to the BBC to consider producing a weekly TV series about dog theft, puppy farming etc. that would give some power back to the victims and members of the public who wish to help and provide the authorities with the information they need to fight these crimes.
 
 Such a series could feature: -
 
·      Dramatic reconstructions of both recent and historical cases of dog thefts.
·      Interviews with the owners of stolen dogs.
·       Appeals for information about the dog’s whereabouts and perpetrators of the theft with all information passed on to the authorities.
·      Heart-warming success stories of stolen dogs that have been safely returned home.
·      Advice from police and RSPCA on how to report suspected dog theft, trafficking, illegal puppy farming etc.
 
This would not only help the dogs and the owners of those featured in the series, but would also help to raise public awareness of the problem in general.
 
A greater public awareness would lead to more people coming forward with information about these crimes and reporting suspicious behaviour to the authorities. This would put more pressure on politicians and the police to take these crimes more seriously and to take action. Also, all this attention from the public and authorities would make those involved in dog theft much more wary of committing the crime in the first place.
 
By producing a TV series such as this, the BBC would be providing much more than just another show for the public’s entertainment, it would be a public service that could spearhead a national campaign that would put an end to the callous injustice that these dogs and their owners experience.
 
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