Number of Stolen Dogs Quadruple

14 March 2017, 11:15 | Updated: 14 March 2017, 11:17

Missing dog

In 2016 69 dogs and puppies were reported to Devon and Cornwall Police as stolen.

In 2014, that number was just 17.

No-one has been charged for the crimes carried out last year.

Now dog owners and campaign groups like SAMPA are calling for it to be made compulsory for vets and dog wardens to scan microchips.

MP's are being asked to support the campaign, to reunite the pets with their owners.

Across England and Wales, Police figures reveal five-thousand cases were reported over a five year period from 2011.

Just 12 percent were reunited with their owners.

Sarah's 17 week old puppy was stolen from St Blazey on the 16th November 2013.

She's been working with campaign groups to reunite owners with their pets, and says she's never lost hope that one day they'll find their dog again.