Helen Grant MP joined her constituent Jane Frankland at an event in parliament today to mark Dog Theft Awareness Day.
The event, hosted by Dartford MP Gareth Johnson and in partnership with the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance, aimed to raise the profile of dog theft in the UK. It was attended by MPs from across the country, representatives from Kent Police, vets and dog loss charities.
There have been 5000 reported incidents of dog theft in England and Wales since 2011/2012 and of these only 12% have resulted in the pet being successfully reunited with its owner. 471 of these incidents have occurred in Kent. The event saw MPs pledge to support a range of measures to combat the crime including: tougher sentencing for dog theft and the compulsory scanning of microchips by vets, rescuers and other authorities.
At the event, Helen met with Jane Frankland, a constituent of Maidstone and the Weald, who works as a co-ordinator for 'Dog Lost' (pictured above). Jane helps dog owners through the traumatic experience of having their dog stolen and strives to reunite lost dogs with their owners. She attended the event to inform MPs of the part that the 'Dog Lost' charity plays and further raise the profile of the crime. Also in attendance and pictured above, is Debbie Matthews, the daughter of Sir Bruce Forsyth who has been supporting the campaign after experiencing the theft of her own dog.
Helen said, 'It was a pleasure to meet Jane and learn about the fantastic work she does to support dog owners. As a dog owner I very much appreciate how distressing a crime this is. I absolutely support the efforts to reduce this hurtful crime and increase the success rate of reuniting lost dogs with their owners.'
Jane said, 'Dog theft is sadly very prevalent and this event provided an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of this dreadful crime. I am proud of the work I do to help reunite lost dogs with their owners and I am delighted that Helen has pledged to support the cause'
To contact Dog Lost, please phone 08448003220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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