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Dog thefts rise in Kent

By KentOnline reporter

The number of dog thefts across the county has risen by nearly 40% in the last year.

There were 160 incidents reported to Kent Police in 2017, up from 116 the year before.

Nationally, the figure increased by 7%, with an average of five dogs stolen every single day.

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Dog thefts have increased in Kent
Dog thefts have increased in Kent

Out of 261 were stolen across the South East, only 40 were found.

Canterbury Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre manager Harriet Blaskett described it as a "worrying figure".

The staffordshire bull terrier is still the most stolen breed of dog, with 210 stolen across Britain in 2017, according to a freedom of information requests submitted by Direct Line Pet Insurance.

However, this figure is down 15% on the previous year, with thefts of huskies rising at the fastest rate.

Kent Police Inspector Dave Smith said: "We take all reports of dog theft seriously and understand that the theft of a pet can have a devastating effect on victims.

"When a theft is reported to us, investigating officers will follow all available lines of inquiry to recover the dog and bring those responsible to justice."

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