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Dog Thefts 2015-2020

Date of request: February 8, 2021
Reference: 172/21

Request

  • The number of dog theft crimes (thefts where the item stolen was a dog) recorded in each of the following calendar years: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • The number of dogs stolen in such thefts in each of the following calendar years: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • The recorded outcomes for these thefts in each of the following calendar years: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • The number of dogs were the animal was recorded as recovered in each of the following calendar years: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.
  • A breakdown of the dogs stolen in each of the following calendar years: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 by breed
  • A breakdown of the dogs stolen in each of the following calendar years: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 by location where the dog was stolen

Response

Please find attached a breakdown of the information we have identified.

Information such as breed is not always recorded however where possible I have included the information we have identified.

Where location, on the attachment, shows as “w/ partner/ ex-partner/ family member/ friend” this indicates that the victim has given the dog(s) to another individual who has refused to return the animal.

It is worth noting that if a dog has been found and the owners have not contacted the police to inform us as such, the record will not reflect this. Therefore the number of dogs still recorded as stolen may not be an accurate figure.

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