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Staffies top the list of stolen pets
“Back gardens are commonly targeted by burglars so it’s essential to ensure gates and any access areas are locked and ideally monitored remotely."
Figures show nearly 2,000 pets reported stolen last year

Staffordshire bull terriers are the most commonly stolen pets, according to data acquired by the Dogs Trust through a freedom of information request.

Figures show nearly 2,000 dogs were reported stolen last year, over 1,000 of which were stolen from homes and gardens.

After Staffies, the most commonly stolen breeds were Chihuahuas, French bulldogs, Jack Russells and pugs.

The Dogs Trust is urging pet owners to check the access points to their homes and gardens, including looking for gaps in the fence and other property boundaries.

Microchips should also be kept up to date and dogs neutered to make them less likely to wander, and less desirable to thieves looking to breed from them.

Dogs Trust has teamed up with security company Yale UK, who will be offering advice to dog owners at some of the charity’s annual fun days.

Stephen Roberts, of Yale UK, commented: “Back gardens are commonly targeted by burglars so it’s essential to ensure gates and any access areas are locked and ideally monitored remotely. This helps to keep your garden secure, along with your beloved pets. Dogs are a member of the family, so it’s just as important to look after them, as it is to protect the house.”

Other steps that can be taken include keeping garden gates locked with a padlock and hasp, along with smart alarms and cameras as a deterrent. Indoor smart security cameras allow dog owners to keep an eye on pets via an app while they are away from the home.

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”