The Kent Police Dog Unit has given the charity DogLost £400 to buy 10 scanners to help it to identify whether a dog has been reported lost or stolen. The money came from the Kent Police property fund, which draws on the auction of lost property. Kent Police said 20 dogs were reported stolen in the county between August and December last year. Criminals can get thousands of pounds, for the animals many of which are working gundogs.

PPC Nigel Marshall, from the dog unit, said dogs had been taken across Kent and the South-East. “Dogs are being stolen for a variety of reasons including for ransom, sale, work and to breed from,” he said. “Animals are being taken from kennels, vehicles and in some cases, people out walking their dogs have been assaulted and the animal snatched.” Kent Police said four of six dogs reported stolen in the Sittingbourne area since 22 January had been recovered safe and well.

The rest of this article appears in the 27th February issue of Shooting Times.

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