DOG owners could face hefty fines if they fail to include a key detail on their pet's collar.Owners that walk their pets without a tag that includes these details could be fined as much as £5,000.Not only can UK dog owners face huge fines but in some cases may even face jail time.
Dog owners may also be invited to register their dogs with local police forces to make them easier tot track if they are stolen (Picture: Getty Images)The report concludes: ‘There is growing public feeling that criminal law and the sentencing for offences involving the theft of pets do not sufficiently recognise an animal as something more than mere property.
Ministers have yet to confirm what sort of penalties those convicted of pet abduction could face but said the new offence would prioritise the welfare of pets as sentient beings and recognise the distress to the animal in addition to its owner.
He said: “Pet theft can leave families in utter turmoil and have serious welfare implications for animals ripped away from everything they know.“The new Pet Abduction Offence will acknowledge the seriousness of this crime and we hope will encourage courts to hand down much tougher sentences to pet thieves,” he added.
But on the on the ground, animal activists across the country are facing the problem of abandonment of pets which has increased rapidly during the lockdown.It is illogical to abandon a dog especially at a time when animals can be great companions for people who are in quarantine," she adds.