Dog Theft Action (DTA) will proudly display its brand new logo when it participates in Crufts 2006!
The ‘less is more’ action group has decided on a simpler, fresher logo while maintaining its powerful message inviting dog lovers everywhere to co-operate and co-ordinate in a united bid to reduce dog theft.
The newly formed group that stood outside the NEC last year, was undeterred by the cold and rain! They urged visitors to Crufts 2005 to consider the safety of all dogs in the face of increasing numbers of thefts on a national scale. This year the DTA co-ordinators and many of their advisers will be out in force at the prestigious four-day dog show on the 9th – 12th March.
The difference is that this year they will be inside the NEC. They are delighted to accept a generous invitation by the Kennel Club (KC) to participate in the show itself by manning a stand in Hall 2, Stand 112 where they will be reaffirming their commitment to;
tighter security for dogs
permanent identification i.e. microchipping and tattooing for all dogs
a national database of lost, stolen and found dogs
DTA co-ordinators and some of their advisers including dog wardens, police and prison officers and neighbourhood watch and canine media representatives will be on hand to discuss these and other issues relating to dog theft with all visitors to Crufts 2006.
The build up to Crufts has been challenging for DTA in the light of increased media interest in ‘dognapping’. Reports describing organised dog thefts, particularly the use of violence and the association of organised crime rings and the puppy farm trade have appeared in the national and regional press, radio and TV. DTA has been delighted to provide information to all enquiries about the impact of dog theft.
One of the most frequent requests is for details of the statistics surrounding dog theft. DTA’s reply is that there are no statistics on this aspect of law and order available. The Home Office does not request these figures so the police do not collate them. Reported dog thefts are classed as burglaries, robberies, vehicle crime and muggings.
There is no comprehensive indication regarding how many people are affected by this crime – but one thing is clear: No dog is safe from the threat of dog theft – assistance dogs, service dogs, working dogs, show dogs, companion dogs! The perpetrators of this despicable crime receive a clear message from the authorities in this country:
"Your activities will not be investigated, there will be no retribution - enjoy!"