Deputy Johnny Mythen has outlined to the Minister for Justice the increase of animal theft in Wexford, and nationally, and has asked for a comprehensive plan to deal with the issue.
Johnny Mythen said:
“I have spoken with many constituents who have told me there’s a serious increase in organised theft of domestic pets. I have been working for the last several weeks on the issue, and plan to seek further measures urgently to solve the problem. I have submitted Parliamentary Questions firstly to establish the extent of the issue, and how it is currently being dealt with.
“I have also written to the Minister for Justice to urge her to take action on this, including creating a new pulse code for possession of a stolen animal, to ensure we can monitor this situation and the criminals involved. The crux of the matter is that theft of household pets is an extremely distressing crime, and we need to ensure that the Justice system is adequately set up to deal with this effectively. Imagine a situation where a young child or family member walks outside to find their beloved family pet suddenly missing, your heart goes out to them.
“In addition I would urge constituents to ensure their pets are microchipped and to be vigilant for any unusual markings outside their house. I have heard reports that criminals are now marking out houses to target for theft of certain breeds of dogs in particular.”
“I would also advise that people stay aware to the threat, and to report any suspected theft to authorities without delay. This is an issue that I am working hard on to be dealt with, and I hope we will see improvements and a plan directed from the Department of Justice urgently.’