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Dog Theft Action Summit underway

Some of the delegates pictured outside the Kennel Club last Tuesday

THE DOG THEFT Action Summit was held this Tuesday 15th November at the KC headquarters in Clarges St, Piccadilly, London. The Summit was due to be chaired by Ian Cawsey MP for Brigg and Goole and attended by the DTA co-ordinators together with many of their advisors, along with organisations who are concerned about dogs.

Amongst those organisations planning to attend were: the KC, the RCVS, the BVA, the RSPCA, the BSAVA, the PDSA, Dogs Trust, the National Dog Wardens Association, Pet ID, the Waterside Animal Group, the National Dog Tattoo Register and the National Neighbourhood Watch Association.

Some police officers were due to be present at the Summit but DTA’s invitations to the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of Police Officers were not accepted, despite Hazel Blears the Minister for Police contacting these organisations to ask them to reconsider their decision not to attend the Summit.

The primary objective of the Summit was to focus on the issues surrounding dog theft and explore ways of identifying some of the loopholes that do exist in procedures that are intended to protect dogs. If some of these loopholes can be closed and procedures in rescue, welfare, homing and rehoming reunification, permanent identification and policing could follow a code of practice that is welcomed and observed by all agencies that have direct involvement with dogs who knows how many missing dogs could be recovered and reunited with their owners.

A full report of the DTA Symposium will appear in next week’s OUR DOGS.