Speaking in the UK House of Commons in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill:
We need much tougher sentences brought in for Pet Theft and a categorisation that includes Pets/Dogs. We need the police to take this awful crime seriously, dogs aren't even listed under the Home Office Classification, Pet Theft sits hidden from view under HOC49, alongside things that don't have a home like a wheelbarrow.
I would like to see the introduction of the legal requirement for vets to scan dog's microchips to check if they are stolen, ban cash sales and reconsider the reintroduction of licenses for pet ownership.
I'm looking to the Government during the passage of this Bill to bring forward change to help people who have suffered from Pet Theft.
Violence and theft is wrong and we need to do something about it now.