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.