Village of Haddenham

Risk of Dognapping?

Home » News » Risk of Dognapping?
Dog with Owner 01
Dog Theft 01

This website has been notified by a concerned resident, after some homeowners in Haddenham have found strange chalk-like markings on their properties.

These marks may be totally innocuous — perhaps having been left by children.

However, it has also been suggested that they may have been put there by criminals to denote easy or attractive targets for 'dognappers'.

The Country Land Association, which represents owners of country land and rural businesses, is warning its members to be extra vigilant.

CLA South East Director Robin Edwards said "Dogs are targeted by thieves because they can easily make money selling them on, often for breeding or, most distressingly, for fighting."

Recent changes in the law now require all dogs to be micro-chipped, however vets report that a significant number of dogs have yet to be identified in this way.

The CLA is urging dog owners to cut the risk of theft by ensuring their animal is micro-chipped and wears a collar and ID tag, with full contact details.

According to a police spokesman: "Our advice to dog owners is not to leave pets unattended in a garden or exercise area which is not completely secure and ensure there are no gaps in fences or unlocked gates which could be left open.

"We would recommend that dogs are kept on a lead in public places and owners should also comply with the law by ensuring that their pets are micro-chipped and that they have an up to date photograph of them — therefore if they are stolen or lost, they are easy to identify if found."

"However if anyone believes their dog has been stolen, not lost, they should report it to us at once by calling 101 with as much detail as possible; or dial 999 if you have just witnessed a theft take place or in an emergency."

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Counter-Terrorism 02
Haddenham Webteam: Thu 12 Dec 6:30pm

A counter terrorism training course is being made available to the public for the first time and Thames Valley Police want you to sign up and help protect the UK.Devised by CT officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness e-Learning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.Now Counter Terrorism Policing has...

Hustins 2019_Square Montage
Kevin Johnson: Wed 11 Dec 3:00pm

Haddenham Hustings — A SketchBy Kevin JohnsonNobody wanted a General Election. We're all tired of politics. Sick of Brexit.Not in Haddenham, apparently.The Hall of Haddenham Community Junior School was full to bursting with voters ready to grill all six candidates standing in the Buckingham constituency. You can watch the full Hustings recording https://www.y...

Christmas Services graphic 01
Haddenham Webteam: Mon 09 Dec 5:00pm

Here is a list of Christmas services in Haddenham churches:Churches Together in Haddenham Fri 13th Dec 7.00pm Village Carol Service in Village Hall Methodist Church Sun 15th Dec 10.15am JAM service with the Baptist Church Sun 22nd Dec 3.00pm Carol Service, followed by tea and mince pies Wed 25th Dec 9.30am Christmas Day Service with our Baptist friends at..