The new Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, David Sidwick, recently told Alfred that he took dog theft very seriously.
Now, Dorset Police has issued guidance for Shaftesbury-area dog owners who are concerned about their pets being stolen. Chief Superintendent Mike Callaghan tells us the crime is taken seriously and remains rare.
Carol Simpson is the Shaftesbury organiser of the Doglost charity, that reunites pets with their owners. She offers her thoughts on keeping pets safe.