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Lost or Stolen

This page is intended to give you the most vital information quickly in cases of dog theft.

If your dog has been stolen, report it immediately to:

  • The police
  • The local authority dog warden service
  • The Petlog Reunification Service (if microchipped)
  • The National Dog Tattoo Register (if tattooed)

Crime Reference Number

The police are duty bound to take the report of a crime seriously. If you believe your dog has been stolen, report it to the police and ask for a Crime Reference Number. A Crime Reference Number is issued if a crime has taken place or if a member of the public believes a crime has taken place. The prefix of the CRN will indicate whereabouts the crime took place and the date. The information will be logged on the computer and could be made available to other divisions or police forces in the course of further enquiries.

Log Number

A Log Number may be issued when information is reported to the police. Information reported to the police will be logged on to the computer. The Log Number will indicate the date and time that the report was made. The information will be passed to the Force Intelligence Officer. It could help to establish patterns of behaviour that may require further investigation. This information could be passed to other police forces if the Intelligence Officer believes there is good reason or purpose for doing so. Further investigations may determine that a crime has been committed in which case a crime reference number will then be issued.

Citizens Advice Bureau

Find your local bureau - click here


This scheme is local to the Thames Valley area, and works in collaboration with local government and the Police. The Dogwatch website can be found here.

Members of Dogwatch receive regular alerts by email or SMS text message about suspicious or criminal activity in the area. Members of the public can make a report on the Dogwatch website about any suspicious activity. These reports are sent automatically to police headquarters and the details are circulated to Police Area Beat Officers, Dog Wardens, Re-Homing Centres etc. as well as Dogwatch members.

The public should report dog-related crime to the police in all circumstances.


Inform as many vets as possible if your dog has been lost or stolen. This website will provide you with the names and addresses of veterinary surgeons in your area.


Battersea Dogs and Cats Home offers information and advice about lost pets, and most cats and dogs found in the M25 area are brought to Battersea. You can contact their Lost Dogs and Cats line directly on 0901 477 8477. Calls cost 60p per minute. Alternatively, you can visit their website by clicking here.

Pet Bereavement Support Service

Losing a pet due to theft or other reasons is a traumatic event. The Blue Cross operates the national Pet Bereavement Support Service which can be contacted on 0800 096 6606 (8.30am – 8.30pm) or by email:

Animal Wardens

The following link - - will allow anyone wishing to contact Local Authority Animal Wardens to get hold of their contact details by using the A-Z’s for each Authority.

Internet-based Search Organisations

Here are some links to search and rescue sites which you may find useful as a point of contact.

Lurcher Search, Pethunters, Dog Lost, Pawtrax, Pets Bureau, Animal Search UK, Alfie’s Lost Dogs, The Dog Rescues Network, The UK Missing Pets Register, Animal Finders

Canine Media

The canine media will often print photographs and descriptions of lost or stolen dogs – please use the contact details below:

Our Dogs – Tel: 0844 504 9006, email: , website:

Dog World – Tel: 01233 621 877, email: , website:

K9 Magazine – Tel: 08700 114 115, email: , website:

Dogs Today – Tel: 01276 85 88 80, email: , website:

Dogs Monthly – Tel: 0845 094 8958, website:

Your Dog – Tel: 01780 754 900, email: , website:

The Stafford Magazine – email: , website:

NFU Countryside Magazine – Tel: 0870 840 2030, website:


These are different websites which provide maps of the UK – you may find them useful when searching for your dog: - this site provides Ordnance Survey maps of the UK. - this site provides a route planner from the RAC.


The UK's National Lost Pet Microchip database and Lost Pet & Found Pet Reunification service. We are here to help stem the rising tide of dog theft and rural crime in the Thames Valley area. With thanks to Dogs Trust for their support. The UK’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs. DTA is pleased to support Pet Theft Awareness, a campaign which highlights the danger faced by owners of all pets and horses. Please support them! With thanks to Our Dogs for their support.