OWNERS of designer dogs are being urged to make sure they get their pets microchipped after an increase in thefts, nationally.
It comes after a spate of people whose pets have been stolen, with those which have been recovered, being found in different parts of the country.
One dog warden said: “There’s stories nationally about dogs being taken from gardens, cars, on walks when they are off the leads, nearly every day and unless you have had your pets microchipped, there is little or no hope of being reunited with them.”
People are also warned about buying from private sellers rather than adopting dogs from rescues.
Often these are not microchipped either or could be – but are registered with a different owner – their real owner.
The warden added: “With lots of people buying pets, particularly during lockdown, the rescue shelters are empty and people are paying thousands of pounds for cross-breeds via private sales.
“As well as checking veterinary records, ask for the microchip registration and double check to make sure the dog isn’t stolen.
“If the dog isn’t chipped then get it sorted straight away for peace of mind.”