Rejected petition Support tougher sentencing for dog theft

More than 60 dogs are stolen every week in England and Wales, but less than 5% of dog theft cases lead to convictions.

Pets are sentient beings, but pet theft is seen as no different to the theft of an inanimate object.

Stronger pet theft legislation with tougher sentencing is needed.

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Under the Theft Act 1968, pets are regarded as property, however, most pets including dogs, cats and horses experience emotional distress when stolen.

Despite the emotional impact of the crime, minimum sentences may only include community service or a small fine.

Enforcement of existing laws do not currently act as a deterrent or even fit the crime itself. Please support reclassification of pet theft and tougher sentencing.

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