Pet theft will be classified as a criminal offence after ‘worrying’ rise in abductions

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Pet theft is set to be classed as a new criminal offence to help crackdown on a ‘worrying’ rise in dognappings reported during the pandemic.

Stolen animals will no longer be treated as a loss of property under an upcoming legislation change in recognition of the emotional distress that comes from the loss of a pet.

Jemima Walker spoke with one woman whose dog was abducted earlier this year.

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