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Dognapping On the Rise—Protect Your Pet

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 11:15am
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Pet theft is on the rise. The American Kennel Club, which has been tracking pet thefts since 2007, reported a 32% increase in dog thefts last year.

While some animals are snatched from their yards or during home invasions, opportunistic thieves most commonly steal dogs left in cars or tied up outside stores. In the ASPCA’s hometown of New York City, dognappings skyrocket every summer as pet parents take advantage of nice weather to combine dog-walking with errand-running.

Protect Your Pet
Avoid becoming a victim of this heartbreaking crime!

  • When running errands around town, visit pet-friendly establishments or please leave your dog at home.
  • Keep a close eye on your pet in designated off-leash areas, where he could become a target for criminals looking to make a quick buck. (Pet thieves often try to resell—or even hold for ransom—stolen dogs.)
  • Avoid leaving your pet unattended in the front yard, especially if your lawn is exposed or accessible.
  • The same rules apply for leaving your pet tied up outside a store. In addition to being vulnerable to theft and teasing, your dog might escape or get injured.
  • Microchip your pet! Microchipping can often mean the difference between temporary and permanent separation from your furry loved one.

For more important information about what to do if your pet is missing, please read our article on Finding a Lost Pet.

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Jan N.

what you say is very logical i'd say.
And always do a second thought about the heat of the day and how long a animal would be in there, and how much air is passing thru the open windows. Some animals would sleep, others might chew..

Mary

I too live in the Eugene, Springfield area of Oregon.. And I take my maltese mix every where I go.. She loves it! Of course, during hot days, I leave her at home, but if she insists she needs to go with me, I bring her in the store with me if it's just a milk and bread stop. And the only time I use my A/C in the car anymore, is when my little Sophia is with me on warm days.

Pat

You're taking chances with your dog's life. Common sense? ....It only takes ONE TIME for something to go wrong.

Patty

I agree with Mary and Steve. My shepherd/elkhound mix hates being left home alone and is happiest when he can come with me. He loves, loves, loves riding in the car; lies down in the backseat with his nose in the air. He's never stressed when I leave him there. I only do this in cool weather in my own neighborhood and when I won't be gone more than a few minutes.

ChaplinsSmile

The only time I take my Caucasian Ovcharka out in the car is winter time. No excuse for taking dogs out in this heat. A dog napper could get no where near my car without fearing for his life!

colleen dietz

I don't think a dog thief would go near 2 Shepherds in your car. I have one and most people are terrified to go near her.

t hutchinson

Its a fine line.I love having my boyz with me.I do get nervous when i run an errand and i leave them I think what if something happened to me .They would be stuck I leave the air on and the car running Then I think what if the car stops they will die from the heat . There atre always variables in life we just need to choose what we can live with.My dogs a
re my FAMILY

t hutchinson

Its a fine line.I love having my boyz with me.I do get nervous when i run an errand and i leave them I think what if something happened to me .They would be stuck I leave the air on and the car running Then I think what if the car stops they will die from the heat . There atre always variables in life we just need to choose what we can live with.My dogs a
re my FAMILY

t hutchinson

Its a fine line.I love having my boyz with me.I do get nervous when i run an errand and i leave them I think what if something happened to me .They would be stuck I leave the air on and the car running Then I think what if the car stops they will die from the heat . There atre always variables in life we just need to choose what we can live with.My dogs a
re my FAMILY

RC

I live in a hot/dry climate. My dogs love going for drives in my car but I would NEVER think to leave them in the car, even for 5 minutes. People don't realize how hot a car can get even with the windows down.

Recently I stopped off at a large warehouse store and I noticed a large dog lying in a van. The doors were locked and the windows cracked just an inch or two. The dog was panting hard. I waited afew minutes and went in with the licence plate number and asked if they would call out to the owner over the louspeaker. No one came. I was told by the store security that they could not do anything to remove the dog and to call the police. I went back out and the dog was in obvious stress. Luckily they were quick to arrive and remove the dog from the car which was like an oven. Just as they got there, another shopper saw me and was going to help me pry the window open to remove the dog. I was told another 10 minutes and it would have been too late.

They waited for the owner, who came out of that store about 20 minutes later. She said she only ran into the store for 5 minutes.

Please use some common sense and do not leave your animal in the car even if you are going to be away for afew minutes.

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