Dog owners across the UK have been reporting stickers appearing on their front doors, believing that it may be marking them out as a target for pot
Dog owners across the UK have been reporting stickers appearing on their front doors, believing that it may be marking them out as a target for potential dog thieves. The small stickers have been cropping up on homes in Merseyside, with concerned dog owners sharing the occurrences on social media groups.
According to HullLive, one dog owner shared an image of the sticker, saying: “Woke up to this on my door this morning.
“Never had anything like it before. I’ve obviously posted on the Crimewatch group only for head up to pet owners and to see if anyone has had similar.
“I’ve had a few sarcastic comments but as I’ve said I’m not usually one for all this but just find it a bit odd.
“Both my dogs are male, one being worth a lot of money.
“Just wanted to let people know here in case is something to be concerned about.”
The concerned dog owner has now installed CCTV cameras outside her property as a precaution.
Meanwhile, another dog owner in Birkenhead reported a similar incident, warning other dog owners in the area on social media.
She said: “I really just wanted to let people know before it’s too late. It’s disgusting how we have to live.
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Estimates show that seven dogs were stolen per day in 2020, which marks a 170 percent increase on 2019.
Due to the sharp rise in demand for puppies during the pandemic, and the resulting surge in prices, criminals are seeing dog theft as an easy way to make a lot of money.
A spokesperson for the Blue Cross, who described the emergence of the stickers as “worrying”, told Express.co.uk that popular breeds, such as French Bulldogs and Pugs, are particularly vulnerable to theft.
However, they said that “dog thefts do remain uncommon”.
In order to protect dog owners from theft, some of the charity’s tips included microchipping your dog, not putting the dog’s name on their collar, never leaving your dog unattended and being aware of strangers asking questions about them.
They also suggested that dog owners should avoid putting too much information about their dogs on social media, such as where they live and work.
According to the Metropolitan Police, if your dog is stolen, you should call the police, alert your local council – as many still have dog warden services that encounter stray dogs – and contact the microchip database holding your dog’s details and update them about the theft.