It's being introduced by Aontú leader, Peadar Tóibín.
There are calls for a prison sentence to be imposed for stealing a family pet.
A bill is being introduced in the Dáil calling for a minimum 10-month prison sentence for stealing a dog or cat.
Under current laws, the stealing of a family pet is the same as stealing an inanimate object.
But Aontu leader, Meath-West TD Peadar Tóibín, who's introducing this bill says losing a pet can be similar to a bereavement: