Fianna Fail TD wants dog theft to be treated as a more serious crime
New laws should be drafted to make it a more serious offence to steal a dog or other family pets.
That's according to Fianna Fáil TD James Browne who says he plans to draft new laws to give more legal status to dogs and other pets to ensure those who steal them are given tougher sentences.
He says pets are considered property and their theft is punished in the same way as if someone steals any non-living object, such as a mobile phone or a power tool.
Gardaí from Youghal reunited this Jack Russell with its owner after he was reported stolen last Wednesday. Gardaí located the dog in Galway following an investigation. A file is now being prepared for the DPP & investigations are continuing.#HereToHelp #InThisTogether pic.twitter.com/63H7GKw6PH
— Garda Info (@gardainfo) July 11, 2020
His proposal follows gardaí warning about an increase in the number of dog thefts during the Covid-19 pandemic.