*This article was originally published in the December 2022 Issue of ShowSight Magazine. It is reprinted with permission.
Recently, The Kennel Club (England) (TKC) asked for Scottish dog owners to respond to a consultation launched by Maurice Golden, a member of the Scottish Parliament for Northeast Scotland, to support the introduction of a specific criminal offense for dog theft. A consultation is an opportunity for the public to comment on an idea prior to it being filed as a bill in Parliament. The proposed Dog "Abduction" (Scotland) Bill would create a new statutory offense for dog theft and other situations where a dog is taken or kept without lawful authority.