The number of gundogs going missing has increased by 14 per cent in 2015.

The Pet Theft Awareness organisation is promoting their third annual Gundog Theft Awareness Week from 26th to 31st October.

Recent figures from DogLost, the UK’s largest lost and found dog service suggest that number of gundogs going missing has risen yet again by a further 14% in 2015.

So far in 2015, there have been 361 cocker spaniels, 254 springer spaniels and 465 labrador retrievers were reported missing or stolen to DogLost.

Gundog Theft Awareness Week Statistics

 Make it law

The organisation is using the week to highlight an e-petition asking for scanning legislation to coincide with compulsory microchip scanning legislation.

In April 2016 it will be law to have all dogs microchipped but if a dog should go missing or be stolen and subsequently found then it will not be law for a vet, rescue centre or a local authority to scan the dog and return it to the owner.

Arnot Wilson, director of the Dog Union and co-founder of Pet Theft Awareness, said: “Our research tells us that 94% of dog owners believe their dog will be scanned if found but we believe this is a myth.

“It is very much in the interest of gundog breed owners to sign this e-petition. The only way to get dogs scanned dead or alive is to make it law.”

Advice

To prevent theft of gundogs, Gundog Theft Awareness advise that you never leave your dog unattended or leave any dog in a vehicle, and avoid careless talk and always keep kennel security a priority. Shooting Gazette has more tips for preventing gundog theft here.

You can sign the e-petition here.