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Pet Theft Letter Templates

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Letter 1 to Lord Chancellor

https://contact-moj.service.justice.gov.uk/

The Rt. Hon. Robert Buckland QC MP Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ
Date

Dear Lord Chancellor
With DogLost reporting a 170% increase in dog theft last year, it is a timely reminder for the need for something to be done to reduce the spate of pet theft that is occurring in this country at present.

As a dog owner yourself, you must appreciate what it would be like if your dog was to be stolen. The distress that you and your family would experience and the thought of what your dog would be going through must cross your mind from time to time; of course I realise that your personal feelings can not influence your political and legal judgements.

It seems unbelievable to think that in 1770, "An Act for Preventing the Stealing of Dogs" was given royal assent and was included in the subsequent Larceny Act 1916 but the crime of dog theft was dropped in the Theft Act 1968.

Three e-petitions and two parliamentary debates in the past three years clearly shows that pet owners, including myself, are asking for the theft of a dog to be re-instated as a crime in its own right but also to include other companion animals.

Yes, evidence shows that dogs in the past, although having their own classification, were considered as chattel but even the Government accepts that they and other animals are sentient beings and it seems archaic that they should remain as general property.

As the crime increases unabated now is the time to meet the challenge and reclassify it. I would ask that you support the pleas of your fellow MPs from across the House and in particular that of Mr Tom Hunt, Ms Siobhan Baille and Rt.Hon Sir Iain Duncan Smith together with the thousands of petitioners and make the necessary reforms.

I look forward to your assurance that action will be considered.

Yours faithfully
Your Name

Letter 2 to Sentencing Council

Email: info@sentencingcouncil.gov.uk

The Rt Hon. Lord Justice Holroyde Chairman of the Sentencing Council, The Royal Courts of Justice East Block, Room EB16 Strand London WC2A 2LL
Date

Dear Lord Justice
I am sure you have seen from the press and the media that there has been a substantial increase in dog theft during the pandemic; in fact, according to DogLost, the country's leading pet reunification organisation, this increase is around 170%. As a dog owner, I am getting more fearful of exercising dog/s with the thought that they might be stolen from me and the pleasure of taking them for a walk is diminishing.

The theft of a dog or indeed any animal is devastating to the owners and causes distress and anxiety to the animals and yet it seems in the eyes of us dog owners that law is somehow unable to deal with the crime appropriately. My reading of things is that the Government says that it’s a Sentencing Council problem and the Sentencing Council says that change can only come through Parliament.

Can I ask if the Council can somehow, within their remit, find a positive way of providing sentencing guidelines that will lead to a decline in this vile crime because the present system is no deterrent? I am sure it is within the capabilities of the Council to do this. I look forward to hearing from you. Yours faithfully.

Yours faithfully
Your Name

Letter 3 to Minister of State for Crime & Policing

Email: public.enquiries@homeoffice.gov.uk

Rt.Hon Mr Kit Malthouse MP The Minister of State for Crime and Policing, Home Office 2 Marsham Street London SW1P 4DF United Kingdom
Date

Dear Sir
With the lack of official pet theft statistics it is a timely reminder of the need for something to be done.

In your response to the MP for Harborough, Mr Neil O’Brian’s written question to you on 3rd March, I am disappointed to learn that "it is not possible to separately identify these crimes from others in the wider offence category of theft offences."

In the debate following an e-petition on Pet Theft held on the 2nd July 2018, the then Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Rt.Hon George Eustice said with regard to the collection of statistics "It should not be left to third parties to try their luck through freedom of information requests—I agree that Government should marshal that. I have asked him (the Home Office policing lead for dogs) to generate that data and to provide me with a report of the most accurate data he is able to gather."

It is clear from your statement that this commitment was not carried out and we are still left with third parties trying their luck through freedom of information requests or otherwise and therefore unable to get an official picture of the pet theft crisis.

Following the massive response to the recent survey on dog theft by the Police & Crime Commissioners, is it not now possible for you to work with the Commissioners to introduce a uniform data collecting system which will identify the annual extent of this vile crime?

With regard to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill going through Parliament, I would ask that you and the Government look to the inclusion of the specific crime of pet theft as succinctly presented by Rt.Hon Sir Iain Duncan Smith in the debate on 15th March. I look forward to your constructive reply.

Yours faithfully
Your Name

Letter 4 to your MP

Available via this link: www.stolenandmissingpetsalliance.co.uk/write-to-your-mp/

Letter 5 to your Police and Crime Commissioner

Email address available via this link: find my Police and Crime Commissioner/

My Address

Date

Dear (name or title)
With the May 6th 'Police and Crime Commissioner' elections approaching I would like to voice my opinion and bring to your attention the rise in stolen pets in particular dogs and cats. Not only does the theft of a family member cause untold devastation, but it also leads to a fear within the community.

I'd be interested to hear your views on how our region's Police can improve the reduction of dog and cat theft in particular, and also help reunite missing pets with their owners on a local and national scale.

In particular:

1. Working with DogLost.co.uk to help reunite missing, found, and stolen pets.

2. Training for staff in understanding the emotional impact of victims.

3. Good access to microchip scanners and knowledge of the procedures.

4. A specific police officer or team to deal with stolen, missing, and found pets.

5. Improved recording of all pet and animal theft crimes.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I look forward to receiving your reply.

Yours faithfully/sincerely
Your Name