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Dog Theft Action looks ahead

The Dog Theft Action symposium entitled ‘Dog theft: future action’ will take place on 6th October 2007 by kind permission of Dogs Trust at their Harefield Rehoming Centre, near Uxbridge in the education centre. Dogs Trust Veterinary Director Chris Laurence has also agreed to be a speaker.

The programme will offer the views of five highly respected figures in the canine world, on the subject of dog theft. It will provide an insight not only into the efforts that are currently being made but also their aspirations to prevent thefts of dogs from taking place. Here we highlight the careers and views on dog theft of three of the speakers on the panel.

The first speaker Chris Laurence studied veterinary science at Bristol University and qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1968. He was formerly the Chief Veterinary Officer for the RSPCA.

Chris will be joined on our eminent panel of speakers by Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). Many of us who regularly read the dog press will be aware of C.Supt. Ovens’ involvement in the canine world - Simon is the MPS policy lead for all issues to do with dangerous and stray dogs and currently chairs the Kennel Club’s Dog Legislation Advisory Group.

Lastly Sarah Fry will take to the stage as the Sales Director for Pet-ID and is passionate about microchipping. She has been an animal lover and owner all her life. Sarah loves all sports and is a fanatical skier – having worked as a ski instructor before training as a designer. She has worked in the microchip field for over seventeen years and is a member of the Microchipping Advisory Group.