Gedling MP Tom Randall MP spoke in a parliamentary debate last week about local residents’ fears about pet theft.
Mr Randall was speaking in the House of Commons reporting phase of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill as Parliament was considering several proposed amendments, including one on a new pet theft offense.
The MP said: “There has been a lot of organized crime related to the reported rise in pet theft and I have seen videos posted on local Facebook groups showing groups of suspicious looking men looking for dogs.
“The voters wrote to me about how scared or worried they are when they go for a walk with their dog during the day.”
Mr Randall said the price of some dog breeds rose up to 89% when it was first banned, and Google searches for “buy a puppy” increased 166% between March and August after the first bans began.
The government launched a pet theft task force in May to address this issue, and Randall believes they should be allowed to finish their work.
He said, “I believe legislation now would ignore the work of the Pet Theft Task Force, which was launched in May. It will seek to understand the factors behind the perceived increase in pet theft, recommend measures to combat them, and learn from the specific thefts associated with them, including cell phones and metal. “
“We heard some strong arguments to address the problem. There is more to be done and primary law may be required, but I would first like to see the outcome of the task force review and, if action is required, be backed up with appropriate judgments. “
The Pet Theft Taskforce will report in the fall.