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Big rise in dog thefts across the east

The number of dogs being stolen across the East of England has more than doubled in the last three years, according to figures.

With some designer breeds fetching upwards of £1,000, they are increasingly becoming the target of thieves. 31 dogs were stolen in just Cambridgeshire alone last year.

31 dogs were stolen in just Cambridgeshire last year. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Natalie King's dog Olive was stolen from outside a shop in Cambridge in January. She was found 12 days later after a social media appeal to bring her home.

Olive was stolen outside a shop. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"There is a huge amount of dog theft in Cambridgeshire and it is increasing daily. Designer dogs are becoming more popular, like French bulldogs, everyone wants to have one.

But pets are like members of the family, they can't just be replaced. Anyone who would steal a dog has got to be heartless. How can you take a member of someone's family?

– Sarah Price, 60, co-ordinator of DogLost's Cambridgeshire branch