Staffordshire is one of the top ten places where dog theft has risen – according to figures which have been compiled by a pet insurance company.
The number of dogs reported stolen in the UK has risen for the fourth consecutive year.
A new Freedom Of Information Report from Direct Line Pet Insurance reveals that in 2018 there was 1,959 dogs reported stolen to UK police forces – 80 more than in 2017.
On average, five dogs are reported stolen every single day across the UK.
The Metropolitan Police Service with 304 reported thefts, West Yorkshire Police with 179 and Greater Manchester Police with 161 reported the highest number of stolen dogs – while Staffordshire Police were tenth in the top ten list having reported 71 dog thefts in 2018 compared to 53 in 2017.
A spokesman for Direct Line Pet Insurance said: “The Staffordshire Bull Terrier was the most targeted breed by criminals in 2018, with 88 reported thefts over the year. There were also 53 reported cases of stolen cross breeds in 2018, likely to be due to the popularity of ‘designer’ dog breeds like Labradoodles and Puggles.
“Chihuahuas have now overtaken the French Bulldog as the third most stolen breed, with 52 Chihuahuas reported stolen in 2018, an 18% increase from 2017 (44 cases).
“Breeds that have fallen in popularity amongst thieves include Huskies, which have seen an 88% reduction in the number of reported thefts over 12 months, Rottweilers and Springer Spaniels.”