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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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Endangered turtles rescued from smugglers

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 A group of endangered turtles have found a new home at London Zoo after being rescued from smugglers.

The four big-headed turtles arrived at the zoo at the end of last year, after smugglers tried to illegally import them to Canada, labelled as toys.

One of the turtles, named Lady Triệu after a Vietnamese warrioress, has moved to a new exhibit in the zoo’s reptile house. She is the only one of her kind in a UK zoo.

Big-headed turtles have such large heads that they cannot pull them back into their shells. To compensate, they have armour plating from head to tail and a very sharp beak to fend off predators. They are ranked number 18 on ZSL’s EDGE of Existence reptile list, which puts threatened species at the forefront of conservation action. Image © ZSL  

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RCVS Fellowship board chair elections get underway

Voting for the 2019 RCVS Fellowship Chair election is now underway. This year four candidates are standing for election, including Dr Robert Huey, Professor John Innes, Professor Liz Mossop and Professor Ian Ramsey.

The Chair will attend and preside over Fellowship meetings and take the lead in consolidating the Fellowship’s position as the learned society of the RCVS. Fellows will receive an email containing a link to the online voting form, as well as candidates’ details and manifestos. Voting closes at 5pm on Thursday, 5 September.