Dog thefts are on the rise. BBC news reports that dog thefts are on the rise. There have been 6 dogs stolen in my village. My Westie likes to sit at the front gate & watch the world go by. He`s reasonably safe as i have a bicycle lock on the drive gates, but i suppose he`s small enough to be lifted over the gates. I wish it was legal to give criminals a shotgun blast of salt up their backside but i suppose that would be a breech of their human rights !