Staffordshire bull terriers being stolen for ‘underground fighting’

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STAFFORDSHIRE bull terriers are being stolen for ‘underground fighting’, it has been claimed.

It comes after an investigation found the breed was more likely to be stolen than any other.

Figures from 23 police forces across the country showed 1,468 dogs were reported missing last year, 224 of which were Staffordshire bull terriers.

There were dog 77 thefts in Lancashire.

Archie Bryden, chairman of the North West Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club, said thieves chose the dogs for breeding and fighting.

He said: “The figures were not a surprise because there have been cases where the dogs have been stolen by underground fighting people.

“It is a totally disgusting thing, but that is the sad side of the world.”

The research, which was carried out by the ShootingUK website, found five per cent of reported dog thefts led to prosecutions last year.

The area with the highest number of Staffordshire bull terrier thefts was London Metropolitan, but Mr Bryden said this could be put down to there being a higher total number of the dogs there.

Mr Bryden, who has two Staffordshire bull terriers named Susie and Phoebe, said the dogs were not naturally vicious and had to be trained to fight.

He said: “They are not good guard dogs despite what some people might say and they are very human friendly, which makes them easier to steal.

“They are also very good with children. When my daughter was growing up, we had lots of children at the house without any problems.

“The problem is that they are easier to steal and they are seen as the ‘in’ dog by the wrong people.”

Other breeds which were popular with thieves included Jack Russells, chihuahas, lurchers, labradors, British bulldogs, Japanese akitas and Yorkshire terriers.

The website also said most dogs were stolen from gardens.

Mr Bryden advised dog owners to make sure their pets were kept safe.

He added: “All people can do is be more vigilant. Dogs should not be allowed out loose and you have got to make sure your property is secure.”

Legislation is currently being considered to make the micro-chipping of all dogs compulsory from 2016.

http://www.shootinguk.co.uk/news/dog-theft-facts-37076

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8:38pm Thu 8 May 14

noddy57 says...

these low life dog nappers who put these animals through this ordeal need to get a life.
these low life dog nappers who put these animals through this ordeal need to get a life. noddy57
  • Score: 14

10:46pm Thu 8 May 14

shanbrurik says...

No,Noddy57--these low lifes don't deserve a life.I would bring back the birch and flog 'em to within an inch of, for what they put those poor dogs through.PURE SCUM!!!!!
No,Noddy57--these low lifes don't deserve a life.I would bring back the birch and flog 'em to within an inch of, for what they put those poor dogs through.PURE SCUM!!!!! shanbrurik
  • Score: 20

12:01am Fri 9 May 14

Graham Hartley says...

"Other breeds which were popular with thieves included Jack Russells, chihuahas, lurchers, labradors, British bulldogs, Japanese akitas and
Yorkshire terriers."

A challenging passage, this, for LT staffers. How many errors can we find?
"Other breeds which were popular with thieves included Jack Russells, chihuahas, lurchers, labradors, British bulldogs, Japanese akitas and Yorkshire terriers." A challenging passage, this, for LT staffers. How many errors can we find? Graham Hartley
  • Score: 5

12:03am Fri 9 May 14

Truth will out says...

The thought alone sickens me. How anyone derives any pleasure from this is beyond my comprehension. There's something seriously wrong with these people.

That said it isn't therapy they need. It's a huge kicking. I would urge anyone who suspects activity or individuals to contact the Police.

It should be on every Councillor's/MP pledges to stamp this abhorrent practice out. Anyone caught involved in this should be run out of town. Sacked from any employment and publically named and shamed - it's so beyond revulsion.
The thought alone sickens me. How anyone derives any pleasure from this is beyond my comprehension. There's something seriously wrong with these people. That said it isn't therapy they need. It's a huge kicking. I would urge anyone who suspects activity or individuals to contact the Police. It should be on every Councillor's/MP pledges to stamp this abhorrent practice out. Anyone caught involved in this should be run out of town. Sacked from any employment and publically named and shamed - it's so beyond revulsion. Truth will out
  • Score: 18

12:23am Fri 9 May 14

Steven Seagull says...

Status street pigs.
Status street pigs. Steven Seagull
  • Score: 5

1:56am Fri 9 May 14

K7****7 says...

If other dogs are going missing too such as Yorkshire Terriers then 'fighting' is not the word. Little dogs are being used as bait for bigger dogs and they don't fight back. The agony and terror these dogs must feel as they slowly get ripped to pieces must be horrendous. The Police must stop these scum bags from stealing dogs.We can all be more vigillant if we keep an eye on people driving into parks or the woods late at night or anytime for that matter.
If other dogs are going missing too such as Yorkshire Terriers then 'fighting' is not the word. Little dogs are being used as bait for bigger dogs and they don't fight back. The agony and terror these dogs must feel as they slowly get ripped to pieces must be horrendous. The Police must stop these scum bags from stealing dogs.We can all be more vigillant if we keep an eye on people driving into parks or the woods late at night or anytime for that matter. K7****7
  • Score: 19

12:58pm Fri 9 May 14

Russ G says...

ALWAYS be aware where your dog is both on your property and when out walking them and NEVER leave them in a garden unsupervised. Make it as hard as possible for these low-lifes to take our best friends for the wrong reasons.

And a big Thank You to Mr Bryden for explaining perfectly the real character of the Stafford. A man with vast experience of the breed :)
ALWAYS be aware where your dog is both on your property and when out walking them and NEVER leave them in a garden unsupervised. Make it as hard as possible for these low-lifes to take our best friends for the wrong reasons. And a big Thank You to Mr Bryden for explaining perfectly the real character of the Stafford. A man with vast experience of the breed :) Russ G
  • Score: 10

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