The Reading / Listening - Dog Theft - Level 5

A disturbing new crime is emerging that should concern dog owners. Criminal gangs are engaged in the lucrative but illicit business of dog theft. One case in the USA last week was global news as 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. Coronavirus lockdowns have led to a boom in pet sales. People bought "pandemic puppies" for solace and companionship. Criminals are now stealing dogs, often attacking their owners, and selling the canines for up to $9,000.



Dog owners must take extreme care online and in parks. They should not post pictures of their pets on social media. They should also take their dogs for a walk with a friend and not leave them unattended. The organisation DogLost said people are buying dogs online without asking background questions. 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, as pets are seen as family members. It is time the law reflected this in the sentencing of offenders."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dog Theft - Level 4 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, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. A disturbing new crime
  2. criminal
  3. engaged in the lucrative
  4. There is a sharp rise
  5. lockdowns have led to a
  6. People bought pandemic puppies
  7. Criminals are now
  8. selling the canines for
  1. stealing dogs
  2. but illicit business
  3. boom in pet sales
  4. gangs
  5. up to $9,000
  6. is emerging
  7. in dog theft
  8. for solace

Paragraph 2

  1. Dog owners must take extreme
  2. They should not
  3. leave them
  4. asking background
  5. the punishment
  6. pets are seen
  7. It is time the law
  8. the sentencing of
  1. reflected this
  2. for dog theft
  3. offenders
  4. unattended
  5. care online
  6. questions
  7. post pictures
  8. as family members

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A disturbing new (1) ___________________ that should concern dog owners. Criminal gangs are engaged (2) ___________________ but illicit business of dog theft. One case in the USA last week was (3) ___________________ the dog walker of pop singer Lady Gaga was shot in the chest (4) ___________________ her two dogs. There is a sharp rise in dog theft in the UK. Coronavirus lockdowns have led to (5) ___________________ pet sales. People bought "pandemic puppies" for solace and companionship. Criminals are now stealing dogs, (6) ___________________ owners, and selling the canines for up to $9,000.

Dog owners must (7) ___________________ online and in parks. They should (8) ___________________ of their pets on social media. They should also take their dogs for a walk with a friend and not (9) ___________________. The organisation DogLost said people are buying dogs online without asking background questions. A Change.org (10) ___________________ punishment for dog theft is the same as for a stolen smartphone. It said: "Dognapping has almost the (11) ___________________ a family as kidnapping, as pets are seen as family members. It is time the (12) ___________________ in the sentencing of offenders."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Adisturbingnewcrimeisemergingthatshouldconcerndogowners.Cri
minalgangsareengagedinthelucrativebutillicitbusinessofdogtheft.O
necaseintheUSAlastweekwasglobalnewsasthedogwalkerofpopsinge
rLadyGagawasshotinthechestasthievesstolehertwodogs.Thereisas
harpriseindogtheftintheUK.Coronaviruslockdownshaveledtoaboomi
npetsales.Peoplebought"pandemicpuppies"forsolaceandcompanion
ship.Criminalsarenowstealingdogs,oftenattackingtheirowners,ands
ellingthecaninesforupto$9,000.Dogownersmusttakeextremecareo
nlineandinparks.Theyshouldnotpostpicturesoftheirpetsonsocialme
dia.Theyshouldalsotaketheirdogsforawalkwithafriendandnotleavet
hemunattended.TheorganisationDogLostsaidpeoplearebuyingdogs
onlinewithoutaskingbackgroundquestions.AChange.orgpetitionsaid
thepunishmentfordogtheftisthesameasforastolensmartphone.Itsai
d:"Dognappinghasalmostthesameeffectonafamilyaskidnapping,asp
etsareseenasfamilymembers.Itistimethelawreflectedthisinthesente
ncingofoffenders."

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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