Dognapping On the Rise—Protect Your Pet

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 11:15am

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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We never leave our boy Chester (std Pom) in our car unattended. One of us always stays w/him while the other shops. We keep our gates to our enclosed back yard locked for his sake as well. And he has a dog door between house and fenced yard. There are Class B animal dealers who steal pets for resale to laboratories for experimentation. The laboratories do not question their sources. Unfortunately, this has been a very real danger for many years. Due to a bad economy, unscrupulous people who would do it for their anticipated profit. The world is full of awful people who do terrible things. It is up to us to take every precaution for our pets safety.

Shannon E.

Dog doors! Initially, they may seem like a great idea, but if your animal has access to one, particularly when nobody is home, it can result in heartache.


I have always had a six foot privacy fence and I still went out with them in sub-zero temps. I raised APBT for 20 years, now I breed GSD's, and they dare you to come and try to mess with them or me. I and if you can get passed my dog you won't get past my 9mm.


It is never okay to use a dog as a puppy manufacturer for profit. Also, it is not okay to breed dogs when there are so many in shelters that are dying!


The words "smart " and "breeder" do not even belong in the same sentance. With MILLIONS of healthy pets being euthanized in the USA alone, every year, it is STUPID and SELFISH to breed cats or dogs. A smart person is a part of the SOLUTION , not the PROBLEM.


I have always had a six foot privacy fence and I still went out with them in sub-zero temps. I raised APBT for 20 years, now I breed GSD's, and they dare you to come and try to mess with them or me. I and if you can get passed my dog you won't get past my 9mm.

Roberta Pliner

If all intentional breeding were eliminated, in one generation, there would be no more dogs left. Is that what you want? You
must have listened to HSUS' CEO's mantra--"one generation and out". Or do you approve of UN-intentional breeding? Why would
UN-intentional breeding be better than well-planned selective breeding? Do you understand what I am writing--that spaying or castrating every dog in the country (or world) would mean there would be none left who could reproduce themselves. Spay and castrate surgeries are NOT reversible.

Mihku Paul

It is simply untrue that if all animals were spayed that there would be none left in one generation. That is a technical/ misleading answer. There are literally MILLIONS of companion animals facing starvation, injury, disease and abuse because there is no one to care for them in this country. They are euthanized
(a pretty euphemism for kill) and often not even humanely. Shelters are overwhelmed trying to cope with the overload. There are only a very few reasons to breed companion animals. Unfortunately anyone at all is "free" to do as they like with animals as the animals have virtually no rights at all. I think it is both absurd and alarmist (as well as misleading) to say that if we spay and neuter companion animals they will ALL be gone. Even if we started today, it would be years and years before we could get a handle on the overpopulation of unwanted pets. We need to teach our children that animal ownership is a privilege and a responsibility, not a "god-given right" to treat other creatures however we see fit, for profit or entertainment.

Mamie Watts

I never ever leave my dog out in the garden, even though I have a high secure fence when I leave the house. About once a week I walk the fence to make sure that no boards have been broken, and there is no way for her to get out, or another dog come in.
Anticipation is the key, if I have workmen over, in advance, she is placed in a room where the door is secure.
I look with anguish at the Lost and Found ads, and can only imagine the heart break of a lost or stolen dog.


I rescue all sizes of dogs but I doubt you will get by any section of my yard My boxers, pits, and a couple of very protective labs guard me, my home and my smaller/ second fenced areas where my smaller rescues bathe in the sun and play in the grass. Coyotes dont come around either so cats also safe. "The Right to Bear Arms" sign is posted