Dognappings are now considered a felony, with culprits facing harsher penalties.

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Dognappings are now considered a felony, with culprits facing harsher penalties.

To combat “dognappings” and ensure that criminals suffer harsh penalties, a new crime of “pet abduction” will be introduced.

Following a spike in the price of puppies, a special task team investigating pet theft has heard evidence that dogs are now on the radar of organized crime groups.

According to the classified advertisement website Pets4Home, the average cost of a puppy has risen from £808 in 2019 to £1,875 last year.

The most costly dog breed, English Bulldogs, were listed for up to £2,140 in June 2020, compared to an average of £1,637 in March.

The task force’s main suggestion, which will be released in the coming weeks, is the introduction of a new crime of pet abduction.

At cabinet level, Justice Secretary Robert Jenrick is said to have lobbied hard for a modification in the statute.

“Rather than making a trivial adjustment to the legislation, we have been listening to charities, breeders, and the police to obtain a better understanding of what we need to do to combat this horrific crime,” a government source said. A new offence will be included as part of the package to better represent the fact that, for the majority of people, pets are more than simply property, and having one taken is traumatic for both the owner and the pet.

The offence is intended to be introduced by adding a measure to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill, which is presently being debated in Parliament.

Animals Matter, a new advocacy group dedicated to animal welfare, has been formed by a key Tory Brexiteer.

Andrea Jenkyns, who defeated Labour’s Ed Balls in the 2015 election in Morley and Outwood, believes that pet theft is a key issue that has been discussed on the doorstep in recent campaigns.

“People with expensive pets were reluctant to take them to the neighborhood park,” she explained. “So, there’s a real anxiety about this,” she added, describing the significance of pet dogs. “A dog isn’t an object, is it?” she said. Ms Jenkyns, who has been a vegetarian for more than two decades, lists Brexit and animal welfare as two of her greatest passions. Now comes the United Kingdom. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”

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