The Reading / Listening - Dog Theft - Level 4

There is a new crime that is worrying dog owners. Criminal gangs are engaged in the profitable but illegal business of dog theft. Last week, the dog walker of pop singer Lady Gaga was shot in the chest as thieves stole her two dogs. There is a sharp rise in dog theft in the UK. Lockdowns have led to a boom in pet sales. People bought "pandemic puppies" as companions. Criminals are now stealing dogs, often attacking their owners, and selling the canines.

Dog owners should not post pictures of their pets on social media. They should take their pets for a walk with a friend and not leave them alone. People should ask background questions when buying a dog online. A Change.org petition said the punishment for dog theft is the same as for a stolen smartphone. It said: "Dognapping has almost the same effect on a family as kidnapping....It is time the law reflected this in the sentencing of offenders."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dog Theft - Level 5 or  Dog Theft - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/26/beware-social-media-warning-uk-dog-owners-thefts-rise
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/priti-patel-pet-thieves-dog-theft-pledge-b919636.html
  • https://www.itv.com/news/london/2021-02-10/mp-calls-for-dog-theft-to-be-made-specific-offence-after-rise-in-cases
  • https://www.change.org/p/make-pet-theft-a-specific-crime-in-uk-law


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. a new crime that is worrying
  2. the profitable but
  3. shot in
  4. thieves stole her
  5. There is a sharp
  6. Lockdowns have led to a boom
  7. People bought pandemic
  8. Criminals are now
  1. puppies as companions
  2. two dogs
  3. stealing dogs
  4. in pet sales
  5. the chest
  6. dog owners
  7. illegal business
  8. rise in dog theft

Paragraph 2

  1. Dog owners should
  2. take their pets
  3. leave them
  4. background
  5. buying a
  6. Dognapping has almost the
  7. It is time the law
  8. the sentencing of
  1. alone
  2. reflected this
  3. dog online
  4. offenders
  5. not post pictures
  6. questions
  7. same effect
  8. for a walk

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is a (1) ___________________ is worrying dog owners. Criminal gangs are (2) ___________________ profitable but illegal business of dog theft. Last week, the dog walker of pop singer Lady Gaga was shot in (3) ___________________ thieves stole her two dogs. There is a sharp rise in dog theft in the UK. Lockdowns have led to (4) ___________________ pet sales. People bought "pandemic puppies" as companions. Criminals are (5) ___________________, often attacking their owners, and (6) ___________________.

Dog owners should not (7) ___________________ their pets on social media. They should take their pets (8) ___________________ with a friend and not (9) ___________________. People should ask background questions (10) ___________________ dog online. A Change.org petition said the punishment for dog theft is the same as (11) ___________________ smartphone. It said: "Dognapping has almost the same effect on a family as kidnapping....It is time the law reflected this in the (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thereisanewcrimethatisworryingdogowners.Criminalgangsareenga
gedintheprofitablebutillegalbusinessofdogtheft.Lastweek,thedogw
alkerofpopsingerLadyGagawasshotinthechestasthievesstolehertwo
dogs.ThereisasharpriseindogtheftintheUK.Lockdownshaveledtoabo
ominpetsales.Peoplebought"pandemicpuppies"ascompanions.Crim
inalsarenowstealingdogs,oftenattackingtheirowners,andsellingthec
anines.Dogownersshouldnotpostpicturesoftheirpetsonsocialmedia.
Theyshouldtaketheirpetsforawalkwithafriendandnotleavethemalon
e.Peopleshouldaskbackgroundquestionswhenbuyingadogonline.AC
hange.orgpetitionsaidthepunishmentfordogtheftisthesameasforast
olensmartphone.Itsaid:"Dognappinghasalmostthesameeffectonafa
milyaskidnapping....Itistimethelawreflectedthisinthesentencingofof
fenders."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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