Congratulations to Gloucestershire Constabulary on becoming the first police force in the world to use DNA to tackle dog theft.
The scheme, known as DNA Protected, uses a DNA marker system, which has been developed for forensic analysis, to help investigate criminal cases involving stolen dogs.
By storing a dog’s DNA profile on Cellmark’s forensic dog DNA database, police forces will be able to access it and help reunite lost or stolen dogs with their owners.
A simple mouth swab can help protect your dog. Kits can be purchased for £74.99, along with branded collars and leads, from www.dnaprotected.co.uk