In recent months, a series of kidnapping incidents have caused more and more owners to buy lockable steel-core collars and leads, which cannot be cut by bolt cutters because they will drive pets.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, dog thefts have increased due to the scarcity of animals available for purchase. Last year, the average price of a puppy doubled to nearly 1,900 pounds, and some breeds were worth more than 6,000 pounds.
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British pet owners are now taking careful measures to avoid losing their dogs, including erecting higher garden fences, purchasing GPS trackers, and using leads such as Petloc, with two combination locks (connect one end to the collar and Wristband or wristband) on the device. Belt) and consists of steel cables inside a sturdy plastic cover.
Yarah David, who founded the company behind Petloc, reports that so far this year, sales of £50 leads have increased fourfold.
She said: “I can’t believe how many calls we have received in the past three or four weeks.” “This is horrible. I designed the fuse to prevent dogs from being taken away from the car or store. Now, they are being taken out.” The walker stole it. I was asked, “If they pull the lead out of my hand, what should I do? “”
David said her client is trying to avoid this by using a belt or bicycle seat belt to lock the wire to his body, David said. She added that the wire can only be cut with bolt cutters.
David is now working with a tracking company to create a version of Petloc with a GPS tracker.
She said: “It’s all word of mouth.” “I don’t advertise-we are not even on social media. I am an interior designer, and I only design it because there is nothing else available.”
She said that kidnapping “is destroying people’s lives because they are worried about just walking their dogs out. For people, this is a trauma for many years.”
The owner provides a greater “reward” for the pet’s return. Lady Gaga bid $500,000 for Koji and Gustav, and was snatched by robbers after struggling with her walker Ryan Fischer. When a woman walked into the Los Angeles Police Department with them on Friday night, the dogs were returned. The police said the woman “seems not to be involved.”
Some pet owners believe that offering large rewards may encourage the theft of cottage dogs.
Activists, including the Stolen and Missing Pet Alliance, have called for the theft of pets as a specific crime, with more severe penalties than the theft of property. The British government has indicated that it is considering changing the law.
It also called for reforms to the current pet microchip system to improve the chances of stolen pets reuniting with their owners. Daniella Dos Santos, senior vice president of the British Veterinary Association, said that although all dogs must be implanted with microchips, there are at least 14 different microchip registration systems.
She said: “You can register in two separate databases.” “We want a single entry point.” She added that if pet owners move, they usually don’t update their details.
The Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs recently held a consultation meeting on changing the microchip rules.