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The puppy, named Maisy, was taken from a house in Othery near Bridgwater on March 24 between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. during a break-in. The 10-month-old Cavapoochon – a cross between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, a Poodle, and a Bichon Frize – was later found dead by a member of the public on Beer Drove on the A372.
Avon and Somerset police asked anyone with information to contact them.
PC Claire Allan said, “This is an extremely worrying case for all pet owners and I want to assure people that we are working closely with the RSPCA to identify those responsible.
“There were house-to-house inquiries and we will also check the video surveillance from the region as part of our inquiry.
“Were you in the area at the time of the incident? Did you see anything suspicious?
“If you have any information that might help, please contact us on 101 using the Call Handler Reference 5221063875.”
It comes amid an increase in reports of animal theft as the demand for puppies increased during lockdown.
The DogLost charity saw reported thefts increase from 172 dogs in 2019 to 465 in 2020.
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A government spokesman said: “Last month the Home Secretary, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs met to discuss an intergovernmental approach to addressing this issue. We will announce next steps in due course.
“This builds on the tremendous amount of work that has already been done by junior ministers and officials.
“Losing a popular family pet can cause great problems, and it is a sad fact that criminals will try to profit from this heinous crime.”
In February, Ms. Patel said the Home Office is “definitely looking into what action can be taken on crime” and “what we can possibly do in law to absolutely prosecute these people who steal pets.” and earn money with it “.
She said, “This is absolutely shocking, it is a shocking crime that is taking place”, adding that she understands that it is “very common right now” in London.
She told LBC Radio, “I’m going to watch this, I’m absolutely watching what we can do.”