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Five dogs stolen each day in the UK, with Staffies the most stolen breed

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ALMOST five dogs a day are stolen in the UK, new research has found. The research, carried out by Direct Line Pet Insurance, found that 1774 dogs were stolen in 2016, an increase of 19 per cent compared to 2014, when 1491 thefts were reported to UK police forces. Analysing the breeds stolen, the Staffordshire bull terrier came out on top, making up 42 per cent of all breeds stolen between 2014 and 2016.

Using information from 95 per cent of police forces in the UK, the insurance company found that the Metropolitan Police recorded the highest number of dog thefts in 2016 (231), followed by West Yorkshire Police (208) and Greater Manchester Police (168). The forces with the lowest numbers of dogs …

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