Dog Theft Action (DTA) and leading dog theft campaign group Vets Get Scanning (VGS) will be joining forces again at Crufts 2007.
After the success of their association last year the two organisations will be on hand to discuss ways to combat dog theft at the most prestigious event in the world of dogs.
This will be an excellent opportunity to alert dog owners to the potential risks to their dogs – whether they are working, service, assistance or companion dogs. DTA and VGS will be encouraging:
•Permanent identification for all dogs.
• Routine scanning of all dogs by vets.
•Routine scanning of all dogs in the care of welfare and rescue organisations.
The Dog Theft Action Scanner Appeal, started towards the end of 2006, saw scanners being presented to worthy organisations in canine welfare and rescue. Crufts 2007 will be the venue for five further presentations after donations to the appeal from Vets Get Scanning and Rugby Dog Training Club.
Bruce Forsyth and his daughter Debbie Matthews, founders of Vets Get Scanning are very happy to announce that Victoria Stilwell and Marc Abraham have joined their supporter’s team and will present scanners on their behalf to the DTA Scanner Appeal.
Victoria, one of the world’s most recognized and respected dog trainers will present a scanner at 10.45 a.m. on Saturday 10th March to Ros Dobson of Rough Collie Rescue (Midlands). As the host of the hit TV show ‘It's Me or the Dog’ currently airing in the UK and in over 18 countries worldwide, Victoria has been able to share her insight and passion for dog training with an ever-broadening audience.
Marc Abraham, the resident vet on Channel 4's hugely popular New Paul O'Grady Show will present a scanner to Lincolnshire, Essex and Trent Boxer Rescue on Sunday 11th March. Marc runs 'PETS', a multi-award-winning, out-of-hours emergency veterinary clinic in Brighton, Sussex.
Further scanners will be presented on:
• Thursday 8th March by Daphne Townsend, President of Rugby Dog Training Club (RDTC) to Wiccaweys Border Collies and Working Sheepdogs, after the club’s generous donation to the DTA Scanner Appeal.
• Friday 9th March by Nick Mays, President of DTA and OUR DOGS Chief Reporter, to Rottweiler Welfare Association.
• Saturday 10th March by Celia Walsom, PetLog Reunification Service Manager to Rescue Animals in Need (Kent).
Dog Theft Action would like to thank the Kennel Club for the generous donation of a stand at Crufts 2007. DTA Chairman Neil Ewart said, ‘In the two years since DTA was formed we have worked closely with the KC and with the PetLog Reunification Service on issues relating to thefts of dogs in this country and we welcome the support the KC and PetLog have given to bring dog theft to public attention.
‘Our recently achieved charitable status has enabled DTA to invite other professional bodies to participate in initiatives to establish the full impact of dog theft. This is an issue of great concern to all dog lovers and we believe that by uniting our efforts we will continue to make progress in reducing this crime.’
Dog Theft Action: www.dogtheftaction.com
Vets Get Scanning – www.vetsgetscanning.co.uk