Local dog thefts possibly due to change in UK laws

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An animal welfare campaigner in Tipperary believes the majority of dogs being stolen finish up in the UK.

Gina Hetherington from PAWS in Mullinahone says a change in laws in Britain has led to the current situation.

Speaking on Tipp Today she urged people to be vigilant regarding their pets following a spate of thefts in Tipperary and across the country.

“There’s a great market at the moment for pups in the UK.”

“How they’re getting them over there as far as I know is through the North because they don’t need a pet passport.

“People are not breeding because of this new Lucy’s Law in England so there’s a great demand for pups and cute dogs because there are strict guidelines now in England on breeding unlike here.”