Walk to raise awareness of dog thieving

Dog owners from Bridlington and across the Hull and district area will be taking part in a simultaneous nationwide event to raise awareness about dog thefts.

It has been organised by members of Murphy’s Army, a website set up to help reunite lost and found stolen dogs.

Sarah Cuniff, 18, and her mum Helen, 40, of Headlands Drive, Bridlington, are among those who have helped organise the Great Britain Dog Walk in our region.

The event takes place on Saturday 28 March from the North Bank viewing area of the Humber Bridge. The rules are the same for all walks being held in separate regions up and down the country. Starting at 1pm it must be at least one mile in total.

Sarah said: “It is very important that dog owners get their dogs chipped to make it easier to find them if the are stolen or lost. The free micro-chipping supports a new law being brought in next year making it compulsory.

“Since joining Murphy’s Army I have seen so many images of what happens to stolen dogs, hopefully we will raise enough awareness to change laws to protect dogs.”

It is free to take part with the restriction of no more than four dogs per person, non dog owners are also welcome. Free dog identity micro-chipping will be available at the site from 12.30pm courtesy of the Dogs Trust.

Murphy’s Army is named after Murphy, a Siberian husky stolen in Bradford last December. Owner Andy Smith set up a fFacebook site “Get Murphy Home” in a bid to find him and let other people post pictures of their stolen or missing dogs.

Murphy has since been reunited with his owner. The creation of the Murphy’s Army national groups followed.

Locally it has gained the support of Bridlington businesses such as B&Q, Pets at Home and All Signs.

Participants are urged to just turn up on the day.