Scanners to combat rise in dog thefts

A dog being microchipped by vets Credit: Press Association Images

Kent Police has given dog charity DogLost the money to buy ten microchip scanners following a sharp rise in the number of working dogs being stolen. Twenty dogs were reported stolen in the county between August and December last year.

Labradors, retrievers and spaniels are among those being taken in sometimes brazen thefts because criminals can gets hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds for them.

A number of dogs have been stolen from Kent in the past few months Credit: Press Association Images