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RSPCA Cambridgeshire Mid East Branch Warning to dog owners - keep dogs safe Organised crime gangs have stepped up pet thefts since the start of the coronavirus pandemic to cash in on rising prices for dogs and puppies. The gangs are targeting mostly pedigree and working dogs, some changing hands for hugely increased prices. We understand the demand for dogs has increased across the country as people have had more time at home. Our own local Cambridgeshire Police have advised that there has been a spate of thefts in the county, with thieves even cutting a fence to get inside a kennel to steal the dogs inside. Dogs have been stolen from homes, kennels and gardens. Police warn dog owners to be vigilant and have given the following advice: Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times. Make sure your dog is micro-chipped and their details are updated so that they can be returned if they are stolen and subsequently found. Avoid leaving a dog tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car even for a few minutes. Never leave your pet in the garden unattended. Cambridgeshire Police have advised that chalk markings that have appeared on gates may indicate the activities of thieves. Lock gates using bolts at the top and bottom, along with a heavy duty padlock. Ensure there are no places where dogs or other animals can escape or be pulled through, if they are left in a back garden. Fit a bell or gate alarm so it makes a noise if someone opens it. Purchase a driveway alarm so you are alerted to any visitors. These can also be used in rear gardens. Take lots of photographs of your dog to prove ownership if it's stolen and then found. Report dog theft to the police straight away. Also report theft to your local authority dog warden and notify your microchip database provider. www.rspca-cambridgeshiremideast.org.uk Reg. Charity No. 205294 RSPCA Cambridgeshire Mid East Branch Warning to dog owners - keep dogs safe Organised crime gangs have stepped up pet thefts since the start of the coronavirus pandemic to cash in on rising prices for dogs and puppies. The gangs are targeting mostly pedigree and working dogs, some changing hands for hugely increased prices. We understand the demand for dogs has increased across the country as people have had more time at home. Our own local Cambridgeshire Police have advised that there has been a spate of thefts in the county, with thieves even cutting a fence to get inside a kennel to steal the dogs inside. Dogs have been stolen from homes, kennels and gardens. Police warn dog owners to be vigilant and have given the following advice: Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times. Make sure your dog is micro-chipped and their details are updated so that they can be returned if they are stolen and subsequently found. Avoid leaving a dog tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car even for a few minutes. Never leave your pet in the garden unattended. Cambridgeshire Police have advised that chalk markings that have appeared on gates may indicate the activities of thieves. Lock gates using bolts at the top and bottom, along with a heavy duty padlock. Ensure there are no places where dogs or other animals can escape or be pulled through, if they are left in a back garden. Fit a bell or gate alarm so it makes a noise if someone opens it. Purchase a driveway alarm so you are alerted to any visitors. These can also be used in rear gardens. Take lots of photographs of your dog to prove ownership if it's stolen and then found. Report dog theft to the police straight away. Also report theft to your local authority dog warden and notify your microchip database provider. www.rspca-cambridgeshiremideast.org.uk Reg. Charity No. 205294