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DTA at Discover Dogs

DTA Co-ordinator Margaret Nawrockyi pictured with Viv Phillips
at the symposium held earlier this year.

DOG THEFT Action was out in force at Discover Dogs this weekend. Co-ordinators Nikki Powditch, Laura Lucas, Candy King, Jayne Hayes and Margaret Nawrockyi were delighted to accept the Kennel Club’s generous invitation to attend this important canine event in order to alert dog owners about the increase in dog theft.

The lobby group that was launched in January of this year is campaigning to find a solution to this devastating crime by urging the canine world to co-operate and co-ordinate their efforts in a united stand against dog thieves.

Stand number 1 at Earl’s Court 2 was decked with posters of missing dogs and visitors were given information and advice and invited to sign DTA’s official petitions which urge the Highways Agency and all Local Authorities to scan all dogs killed on the roads before disposal of any remains and for vets to scan all new dogs prior to treatment. There was a constant queue as visitors waited patiently to give their support.

Petitioners Nikki Powditch and Candy King were thrilled when DTA advisors Allen Parton and his canine partner Endal approached the table to sign. Endal, winner of the Dicken Medal - the honour bestowed on animals for bravery in peacetime brings his own stamp for such occasions. The stand was visited by a steady stream of DTA advisors and supporters including commentators Peter Purves and Carolyn Menteith, Neil Ewart from Guide Dogs and Rosemary Smart Chief Executive of the Kennel Club to name a few.

The DTA dog (a toy!) also made an appearance and only disclosed his name at the end of the two day event when young dog owners Clowie Smith age 7 and Lauren Plester also age 7, from Halstead, Essex guessed the carefully guarded secret. ‘Robin Dog’ was presented to best friends Clowie and Lauren by DTA advisor Peter Purves.

Dog Theft Action was joined on stand number 1 by Claire Homyer and Emma Price, representatives of the Kennel Club’s reunification Service PetLog who felt that the DTA dog should most certainly be microchipped. DTA promotes permanent identification and encourages dog owners to ensure that their pets are microchipped or tattooed or both! So the DTA dog went along to the vets’ centre where it was expertly microchipped by vet Trevor Turner. All procedures were carefully observed. The dog was scanned prior to insertion of the chip to ensure that there was no existing chip. The chip was then inserted and re-scanned to check that it was fully operational. When Robin was transferred to Clowie and Lauren’s ownership he was scanned again to prove that the chip existed and was in the correct place.

All in all, Discover Dogs was a great day for DTA and a great ‘shop window’ for the forthcoming Summit to be held at the Kennel Club’s HQ at Clarges Street, London the following Tuesday, (November 15th).

Margaret Nawrockyi
Co-ordinator, DTA