February 19 – According to the European Times, the demand for pet dogs in the UK market has soared during the coronavirus pandemic, causing the price of pet dogs to soar and stimulating pet dog theft.
According to the data of the British animal organization DogLost, the number of dog theft cases in the United Kingdom increased from 172 in 2019 to 465 in 2020, an increase of 270%.
“I’ve been here for 30 years, but 2020 is definitely the worst year I’ve ever had,” said a staff member of the organization.
Sarah Wood, who lost six dogs in 2020, said he was “unparalleledly angry” about the theft.
Breckman, deputy chief of the British National Police Commissioner’s Council, said, “Pet dog theft, although quite rare, has occurred frequently in recent times.”
For now, the price of puppies has risen from £500 before the pandemic to more than 2,000 pounds.
“This makes the puppy black market trade profitable and contributes to the occurrence of organized sex crimes,” Breckman said.
According to the introduction, members of the criminal organization will disguise themselves as staff members of a well-known animal protection association in the United Kingdom.
They usually drive a truck with the logo of the organization to the owner of the pet dog, saying that the dog is consistent with the information of the previously stolen pet dog, and then take the pet dog from the owner.
The British Police and Animal Protection Society have made it clear that the staff of the Animal Protection Association will never take away other people’s dogs like this.
They usually inform the police first and show their own documents to the owner of the dog.