The rise of the dog-napper

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Dog thefts are on the rise and it’s been blamed on current trends for owning “designer dogs”, popularised by luminaries from Cheryl Cole to The Rock. Some produces can fetch hundreds or even thousands of pounds on the black market – and offenders can benefit, according to campaigners and insurance companies.

Dog theft has been rising since 2012.

And insurance firm Direct Line is the last to publicize chassis, from police forces in England and Wales, is demonstrating that 121 more hounds were embezzled in 2017 than the year before with nearly 2,000 reported to the police last year.

These digits were liberated under Freedom of Information( FOI) legislation from 38 police force in England and Wales.

There are 44 police force around the UK with Scotland and Northern Ireland each having a single centralised force.

The dogs stolen from their owners’ residences Stolen dog encountered 100 miles from residence Six domesticateds stolen from dog walker’s van Image caption About 200 cats were stolen in England and Wales 2015 Staffordshire pig terrier Crossbreed French bulldog Chihuahua Jack Russell Image caption Crossbreeds like cockerpoos and sproodles are favourite pets Crossbreed Labrador retriever Staffordshire cop terrier Jack Russell Yorkshire terrier Image caption Socialite Paris Hilton is often checked with her domesticated chihuahua by her slope

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