Steve Barclay is backing a nationwide campaign to combat the growing number of pet thefts in East Anglia, after a poll revealed that one in five cat and dog owners in the region have experienced the theft of a pet.
The MP visited the Block Fen Animal Centre in Wimblington to raise awareness of a campaign launched by More Than Insurance offering 100 local pet owners the opportunity to microchip their dogs and cats for free.
The nationwide Pet Theft Census of 4,865 owners revealed that there was a 36% increase in Cat and Dog thefts last year, resulting in half of these never seeing their beloved pets again.
Mr Barclay said: “It was great to meet the dedicated staff and residents of the Block Fen Animal Centre to see the leading role they are playing in raising awareness of the risks to pets from a worrying increase in thefts in the region.
“Pet theft is heart breaking to everyone that loves animals and I strongly encourage everyone with pets in the locality to come down and take advantage of the microchipping service on offer at the Block Fen Centre- it really is a simple procedure that can save a lot of heartache.”
According to official police data from Janaury 1st to October 31st this year 903 cats and dogs were reported stolen in the UK, an equivalent of three thefts per day. Pets left in gardens were most vulnerable to being stolen whilst 6% of pets were taken directly from their owners’ home.