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Dog theft – the threat is real!


Every day we are bombarded with images and news of worldwide calamities such as human conflicts and natural disasters, writes Allen Parton.

How many of us breathe a secret sigh of relief as we go about our everyday lives that this didn’t or could never happen to us? As a dog owner I constantly read in the news items about dogs being stolen. Hidden in the media hype are stories of absolute despair and extreme sadness.

Not all the outcomes of dog theft are happy or ever resolved. Dog theft can happen to any of us - that is why Endal and I became involved in DTA – I wanted to do something about this issue and as a dog owner take a responsibility.

Achieved

DTA has achieved so much in the past two years. We have gained charitable status; we have associate membership of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) and have become a recognised authority on matters relating to dog theft.

We are running a successful microchip scanner appeal and are currently involved in the development of a national database of stolen, missing and found dogs in conjunction with the Kennel Club. Not for one moment would we consider "taking our foot off the pedal" and our future aims and objectives will be met with the same drive and ambition to make a difference and eradicate dog theft through co-operation and co-ordination.

We can only do so much as a charity; we receive no government funding. Our ability to function effectively is funded by the generosity of the dog-loving public. With all this in mind, DTA is organising a second symposium in the autumn, to focus attention on the impact dog theft has on our society and the potential to reduce the very real threat that hangs over each and every one of us that shares his or her life with a dog.

Work together

Only by all of us working together can we hope to make any progress on this issue. Please join us on 6th October 2007 at Dogs Trust Harefields Rehoming Centre near Uxbridge, Middlesex and help to make a real difference. Dog theft can happen to any of us!


Tickets for the symposium Dog Theft Future Action costing £20 are available from DTA Secretary Margaret Nawrockyi. Tel: 01652 688089 or e-mail: margaret@dogtheftaction.com