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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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Lea Richardson

It depends on the dog and area. My dog would protect my car and leave her in the car all windows down in a parking lot where I work and windows can see her. I can't see her but can hear, depending on where I am in th building. I've been doing this for three years and she loves it. One psychic told a man that his dog would rather be in the car with him when at work than at home alone.

Lea Richardson

p.s. if it's too hot or too cold I would not leave her long in the car.

Danielle

We just got our Boston Terrier Tedi back after 2 years! He was stolen from us in August 2010. Supposedly some guy bought him off of craigslist from a women. We don't know the whole story or if it is true,This is what the shelter told us. He ran away from the person who had him and was taken to a shelter and he was scanned and his micro-chip flagged because we reported him stolen to the Vet who had him Micro chipped. So happy we got him a chip or else we would have never got him back. We went and picked him up Tuesday. He is so happy to be home. He is the same old playful Tedi=]I would say definitely get your animals micro-chipped and never give up hope. Two years is a long time but we finally have our baby back=]

michele V.

This is about "theft" of specifically, dogs left in cars. Using "common" sense doesn't seem to be an option for some people! They want to please their dogs! Dog nappers know it and act upon that ignorance! So, as always, some advice is often wasted on those people!

Jessie

For me why take a dog in the car if it is not for spendong time with him/her? Running errands, don't take your dog at all. Why do people bring dogs to parades, fireworks, carnivals (street type ones), any kind of festivals where they will be stomped on, pushed shoved, scared, terrorized by all the people "above them" and it IS NOT FUN FOR THEM. Yes his is about a different topic entirely however, some people act the dog is going to enjoy doing things the owner does and they just don't enjoy loud concerts--dogs have good hearing and loud noises annoy them. Get some brains take the dog to the park,beach, your own yard not to events "they" don't understand or like. Just my opinion------------------

Sharlene Vick

The subject matter from the ASPCA was pet theft and how it has increased over the last year. Everyone got on the subject of how much their pet loved going along in the car and how they would never leave their pet in a hot car. These people who steal pets are professionals and are doing it for money, can grab you beloved pet in seconds and be on their way and your pet will never be seen again. Of course they are not stupid enough to pick out a German Shepard or a Pit Bull, they are going to take a small or medium size dog that won't put up a big fight or a big bite out of them. Subject Matter: Pet Theft.

Tina

Just a side note, just because you leave the air on in your car what you don't realize is that your car doesn't cool down and circulate air properly when your car is just idling like it does when your driving and air then gets circulated.

C. Miriam Yarde...

Fortunately I live in a city where the Police are extremely sympathetic to animals left in cars. They are also very sympathetic to people who act in case of emergency, consequently I have actually broken car windows to release animals near death. Once the irresponsible owner appeared, the Police advised them of the law and the consequences they faced and I was never endangered by such owners. Would I do it again? Oh yes, Oh yes I would and may have to. As far as my own companions are concerned, my philosophy remains as ever: BETTER BORED AT HOME THAN DEAD IN THE CAR!

C. Miriam Yarde...

Fortunately I live in a city where the Police are extremely sympathetic to animals left in cars. They are also very sympathetic to people who act in case of emergency, consequently I have actually broken car windows to release animals near death. Once the irresponsible owner appeared, the Police advised them of the law and the consequences they faced and I was never endangered by such owners. Would I do it again? Oh yes, Oh yes I would and may have to. As far as my own companions are concerned, my philosophy remains as ever: BETTER BORED AT HOME THAN DEAD IN THE CAR!

Kay

Another good way to protect your pet is to get them tattood. Dogs that are tattood and or microchipped are returned faster

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