Organised crime gangs are believed to be behind the recent surge in dog thefts and rural crime in the Thames Valley area.
The website DogLost, which aims to reunite lost dogs with their owners, believes that almost 50 per cent of its missing dog reports relate to working dogs, which is around 75 dogs a week. Organisations such as the Countryside Alliance are warning the public to be careful and be aware. The police believe that these thefts are the work of organised gangs due to the levels of determination, planning and equipment being used by the thieves, and it is cocker spaniels that appear to be top of the criminals’ most wanted list. Owners of working dogs are being advised to improve their security measures by securely locking kennels and installing an alarm system.