DNA database for dogs being considered to help tackle rise in pet thefts
A DNA database for dogs is being considered to help tackle a rise in pet thefts.
Owners would have to supply a DNA swab from their mutt’s mouth.
It would be stored on a database which could be accessed by cops and local authority officials.
Ministers are mulling over the move after a surge in dog snatching.
It followed demand for puppies during lockdown, which sent their prices soaring.
Doglost, which helps to reunite families with stolen hounds, reported a 250 per cent rise in thefts since the Covid pandemic began.
In February, Lady Gaga’s dog-walker was shot in the chest as crooks tried to grab her French bulldogs in LA.
Gloucestershire Police recently became the first force in the world to begin using DNA to tackle dog thefts.
Tory MP Andrew Griffith has introduced a Bill on the issue. He said a database would “bring joy to families and individuals”.
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