SOLIHULL MP Julian Knight is supporting legislation for a dog DNA database to help combat a rise in pet theft.
The Bill is scheduled to be introduced in parliament and it has the backing of the RSPCA and the National Police Chiefs’ Council.
The new law is needed because dog theft has risen by 250 per cent over 2020, according to official estimates, as the pandemic led to more demand for pets and increased prices for popular breeds.
“Pets are the centre of the family for many people, and I know how devastated they would be if their dogs were stolen. Many are understandably extremely worried about the rise of thefts at the moment and how difficult it is to prove ownership if the dog is found.
“Having a dog DNA database would make it impossible for thieves to claim any ownership as it is an indelible marker. It would also act as an effective deterrent.
“I hope the Government will be supportive of the Bill when it comes before parliament. It certainly has my support and, I’m sure, the support of dog lovers across Solihull and the Country.”
The Bill is scheduled to be introduced by Arundel and South Downs MP Andrew Griffith MP on July 7.
Under the current Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015, all dogs must be microchipped, but these can be cut out by unscrupulous thieves.
Pet theft has risen so dramatically, the Government launched a dedicated Pet Theft Task Force in May to tackle the issue.