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Pet theft - Tuesday 12 June

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Pet theft

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The Express has reported a petition calling for tougher sentences for pet theft has reached 100,000 signatures so the issue will be considered for debate in Parliament.

The theft of a pet is already a criminal offence under the Theft Act 1968 with a maximum penalty of 7 years’ imprisonment.

The Sentencing Council also updated its guidelines for theft offence sentencing in 2016. These take into account the emotional distress and harm that theft of personal items such as a pet can have on victims and accordingly recommends higher penalties for this offence.

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