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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I rescued my dog from a shelter and loved her from the moment I saw her. She is my baby and I love her so very much. One day she was in the backyard fenced in with a locked gate, and I went on an errand and left her in the backyard thinking she would be safe. When I got home she was no where to be found. I looked for her everyday, I never gave up. One day I was looking on the internet in a local paper and noticed an ad that said someone found a dog with a tatoo on her tummy. (the tatoo was on her tummy when I rescued her to show that she was spayed), anyhow I called this person right away and asked her a few questions about my dog to make sure that it was her and when I realized it was her I asked if it was to late to go and get her. The person said no come and get her. I was so excited. When I got to the location the person that found her let her out of the house. When my dog realized it was me, she ran as fast as she could. I called her name and the person said that her children wanted to keep her, but that wasn't about to happen when I was looking for her a week. Since then I never left her outside again when I go somewhere. She is locked up in the house. I never want to go through that again. By the way she is happy and spoiled.


There are so many wonder and needy animals looking for homes. Dogs are like children...if it doesnt come out the way you want it to look,,,you dont throw them away do you.....? I have rescued all my life and if you really want a specific breed check breed rescues. In todays economy people are giving up many dogs, even purebreds. If breeders dont have buyers then breeders go out of business. By the way I have a yorkshire terrier...pure-bred, turned in as a stray she's a wonderul little girl


Why are you all up in arms because someone bought a dog for 1200? what business is it of yours? i rescued 2 pugs and everybody is flabbergasted at what i "paid" to rescue the dogs (1200 by the way).so butt out, unless they are abusing their animals, it's none of your business! Get off your high horse.


Thank you Eileen. No I would never throw out a dog or a child because of looks, size, intellegence etc. My decisions are mine. Take your halo elsewhere friend. I had my reasons for what I did. Go look back at some previous posts. You're no better than me, actually. .


Having worked dog fighting investigations for the past 10 years, I have seen where fighters will steal pets as bait animals. In addition, "bunchers" will steal pets to sell to certain medical research facilities. Treat your pets as you would your kids!


Both of my dogs are rescue ~ 1 is pedigree, but would have been destroyed. 1 is a breed all his own. I love them both dearly and have heard of the dog thefts in our area. I never take my dogs anywhere that isn't pet friendly and I watch then when they are outside. I would fight anyone to my death to protect this furry family members. Both have cost us very little if anything other than their yearly vet visits, but they are priceless to my family. I refer to them as my "blood pressure medicine."


Times have changed. Dogs protected us back in the day, now we must protect them. Unfortunately, many states have animal laws that are seriously lacking, however, they do have laws in place to protect property. I have never looked at my dogs as "property", but rather as my kids, but I will take advantage of my states' laws and shoot someone that is attempting to steal my "property". I have residency in both Illinois and Ohio, and while Ohio's laws for animals suck, they are very much on my side when it comes to my home and property. I would be destroyed to lose one of my rescues, but will not lose a bit of sleep over shooting a thief.


I for one do not take my animals in the vehicle unless they go with me. I have heard so many different horror stories this summer alone. I also do not let my babies outside unless I am
with them.


I for one do not take my animals in the vehicle unless they go with me. I have heard so many different horror stories this summer alone. I also do not let my babies outside unless I am
with them.


My mother's Yorkie was stolen during a break in at her home. He has been missing for 2 weeks and it just goes to prove that the smaller high demand dogs are not even safe in their own home. I have a LARGE breed dog and everyone is afraid of her and I like it that way! Very sad for my mom to have lost her Yorkie...