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How bad is the dog theft problem?

Dog thieves

We learned early in the pandemic about how dog theft was on the rise, as sales of our self defence products went crazy. Dog walkers all over the UK wanted to defend themselves better. So upon researching the situation further we were determined to find an innovative solution and bring it to market. Some key facts we learned were:-

1 - Eurogroup for Animals estimated that 8 million new dogs are required annually to supply the European market but only about 1.1 million are produced by official breeding facilities. This is creating ample opportunity for the canine criminal underworld for breeding and thieving.

2 - The OCCRP say dog theft is one of the fastest growing illicit markets, possibly third after narcotics and weapons, and unlike arms and drugs, this one is fluffy, bounces down the street in full view, and is a very good boy

3 - Since lockdown, puppy prices have increased by a mind-blowing 450 percent. For example, a golden retriever has gone up from around 500 euros in 2019 to almost 3,000 euros. Older dogs are sold to breed. Puppy farms are the new goldmines.

4 - Crooks use chip scanners to locate and remove microchips, often putting the animal to sleep. These scanners are on sale today online for approx £40 each. 

What we and others have set up to solve this issue

Safehaus created the Dog DNA Register, to give dog owners that extra level peace of mind, so that if the worst should happen, you stand a higher chance of getting your dog back. Criminals can change a dog's microchip, but they can't change it's DNA.
The Home Office too stepped in and got DEFRA and The Ministry of Justice involved, creating something called the 'Pet Theft Taskforce'. Another positive step. More info here

The Early Day Motion 'Pet Theft Reform' is gathering support too. See here.



Animal Genomics

Our Laboratory partners include Neogen who are the biggest animal genomics company in the world, with operations on different continents. So we know we have the right partner in this area to deliver the best solution for you and your doggy.

Their work and database management meet the rigorous standards as set by Policing Standards, which includes certification to the international recognized standards: -


Certified to: BS EN ISO/IEC 17025:2017 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories
Certificate of accreditation held with A2LA, certificate number 2712.01 refers Canine & Feline (Other species to be added)

Certified to: BS EN ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information technology. Security techniques. Information security management systems.

Data storage hosted on ISO 27001 servers

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