Well done Peadar; and Eamon Bozo Ryan will fully Support this 10 month prison sentence Proposal after he wakes from his Cat Nap. Come on Eamon, wake up, it is time to collect your Expenses.

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Peadar Toibin calls for mandatory ten-month sentence for pet thieves

John Drennan  22 hrs ago

Peadar Toibin calls for mandatory ten-month sentence for pet thieves

Aontu leader, Peadar Toibin, has called for a mandatory ten-month prison sentence for pet thieves amid a spate of dog-napping during the COVID-19 lockdown.a dog wearing a suit and tie© Provided by Extra.ie

Mr Toibin has proposed that the State crackdown on what has been termed a ‘pandemic of theft’.

Commenting on the need for custodial sentences, Mr Toibin said: ‘The theft and resale of pets has almost become a profession with an apprenticeship process and its own unique signals and codes.’Peadar Tóibín standing in front of a building: Aontu leader, Peadar Toibin, has called for a mandatory ten-month prison sentence for pet thieves amid a spate of dog-napping during the COVID-19 lockdown. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie

Aontu leader, Peadar Toibin, has called for a mandatory ten-month prison sentence for pet thieves amid a spate of dog-napping during the COVID-19 lockdown. Pic: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

In response to his Dail question, the Government revealed that over 57,000 animals have been lost or stolen in the last decade.

The figures show that over the last decade 17,014 animals were stolen whilst a further staggering 40,198 animals have been reported as being lost.

The thefts and losses are not confined to household pets and also include crimes such as cattle rustling and the abandonment of horses.a close up of a dog: Mr Toibin noted in the Dail that ‘today, pets are almost a part of the family’. Pic: Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie 

Mr Toibin noted in the Dail that ‘today, pets are almost a part of the family’. Pic: Shutterstock

To date in 2020, there have been 577 reports of stolen animals and a further 3,348 reports of lost animals.

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and rehoming centres like Dogs Trust say they have been told about a significant number of dogs reported missing and potentially stolen as the demand for family pets increased during lockdown.

Mr Toibin noted in the Dail that ‘today, pets are almost a part of the family’.Peadar Tóibín wearing a suit and tie: Mr Toibin has proposed that the State crackdown on what has been termed a ‘pandemic of theft’. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie 

Mr Toibin has proposed that the State crackdown on what has been termed a ‘pandemic of theft’. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Their loss, or worse still – unexplained disappearance, causes real upset, and we should recognise this by installing an appropriate deterrent into law,’ he said. Responding to Mr Toibin, Justice Minister Helen McEntee said she was ‘very conscious of the impact that crimes like animal theft have on the quality of life for residents in local communities’.

Ms McEntee added: ‘Gardai are working hard to tackle this, and all forms of criminality in our communities… and An Garda Siochana closely monitors emerging crime trends.’

The Criminal Justice Act 2001 provides for offences of theft, the handling of stolen property and the possession of stolen property,’ Ms McEntee said.a close up of a dog: To date in 2020, there have been 577 reports of stolen animals and a further 3,348 reports of lost animals. Pic: Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie To date in 2020, there have been 577 reports of stolen animals and a further 3,348 reports of lost animals. Pic: Shutterstock

She added that the offence of theft ‘provided for by this legislation would, based on the broad nature of the offence, include the theft of animals’.

A maximum sentence of ten years imprisonment is provided for in the case of offences of theft and handling of stolen property, whilst five years imprisonment is provided for possessing stolen property.a woman in a pink dress: ‘Their loss, or worse still – unexplained disappearance, causes real upset, and we should recognise this by installing an appropriate deterrent into law,’ he said. Responding to Mr Toibin, Justice Minister Helen McEntee said she was ‘very conscious of the impact that crimes like animal theft have on the quality of life for residents in local communities’. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie ‘Their loss, or worse still – unexplained disappearance, causes real upset, and we should recognise this by installing an appropriate deterrent into law,’ he said. Responding to Mr Toibin, Justice Minister Helen McEntee said she was ‘very conscious of the impact that crimes like animal theft have on the quality of life for residents in local communities’. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Ms McEntee also noted that: ‘Officers of Customs and Excise, as well as members of An Garda Siochana, have responsibility for searching vehicles at our ports of entry to deter ongoing criminal activity, including that of attempts to smuggle animals into and out of the State.’

Animals found without the necessary paperwork ‘are seized and handed into the care of the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or the relevant Local Authority’, Ms McEntee added.

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