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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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Big Butterfly Count returns

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 The world's biggest survey of butterflies is back for 2020!

Butterfly Conservation's Big Butterfly Count launches on Friday, 17 July and will run until Sunday 9 August. Members of the public can get involved by downloading the Big Butterfly Count App or recording results on a downloadable sheet available from bigbutterflycount.org/.

'It's a fantastic activity for people from three to 103 years and we'd encourage everyone to take 15 minutes in an appropriate outdoor space during sunny conditions to simply appreciate the nature around them and do their bit to help us understand butterfly populations,' said a Butterfly Conservation spokesperson. 

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WellVet reopens ticket sales to online conference platform

Following the success of its online conference, the organisers behind WellVet Weekend have re-opened ticket sales to allow new delegates to access session recordings and its online networking platform.

The day-long conference saw more than 360 veterinary professionals mix activity sessions with personal development CPD, all hosted within a virtual conference platform. Now, with more than 500 minutes of CPD available, the resource is being re-opened to allow full access to the session recordings until May 2021.

Sessions are aimed at providing delegates with a range of proactive wellbeing tools to explore to find ways of improving their mental and physical health. Tickets are limited in number and on sale at wellvet.co.uk until 30th August 2020.