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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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crystal wood

Why would leaving the pets at home be safer than taking them with you in the car???? If some one wanted your dog bad enough they could break into your home to steal them. when I take my dogs with me in the car or on a trip I park where I can keep an eye on them and if a stranger come near them they put up such a ruckus that would get the attention anyone within a city block. Usally one of us stays in the car with them and they are never left alone for long and never when it is hot outside. I don't even go out when it is too hot.

jfro

Why is it on the rise? What are these animals being taken for?

Kara E

I see even though the article is mostly about leaving pets in cars. I would like to comment about bringing pets along for a ride. I had always heard about the dangers of being in a car accident with your pet and they could easily be injured or killed, run away or prevent help coming to you because they are trying to protect you from the EMTs when they arrive to help. They could be left behind if you are taken away by ambulance. Anyway, I recently happend upon a scene where the diabetic driver passed out as he approached a rather busy baseball park. His car flipped up on the sidewalk and he skidded some 50 feet. As I pulled up he was climbing out of the window holding his scared dog in his arms. Parking enforcement was there at the same moment (she was passing by) she warned me of the power line he just hit and to get out of the way. I put the man and his dog in my car and we moved to safety across the street. He had no lease or collar or tags at all on his dog. When the paramedics arrived they had to help him while he held his dog. He is lucky they let him hold onto his dog. His phone was in his car and he couldn't remember any phone #s he was too shook up. My point is this could have been much worse. Some might not agree with this but they now have animal carseats which is a good plan to protect your dog if they ride around a lot. Also, make sure they have ID on them as well as keep a leash with you. This could have turned out much worse so glad the man and his dog are okay.
Now, on the subject of leaving pets in the car when you run an errand. Just don't do it! If you are going to the store leave your dog at home for their safety. Of course they want to come along to BE with you, not sit in the hot/cold car while you shop. I think everyone here agrees and are not doing that. Unfortunely, the ones doing it probably are not on this site.

Maribel

Hi am a guilty one i have two yorkie i went ot the supermarket to buy couple of stuff i left my yorkie tight outside was in the night time i will never leave them out in the afternoon i walk them in the morning or late afternoon went the sun is not that hoy well to make the story short i tight them in front of the supermarket i paying for the grocery i talking to the clerk i mention mine dogs to her and she told i should never leave them out somebody can take them i went running outside the was a lady standing in front of my babies i told her what was wrong she said she was babysitting i thank her i she inform me the a guy in car pass by and emquire about the dogs from that day on never leave them outside again the're to precious for me expexially the male yorkie he was my sister dog she die of cancer am i promise her the i will take care of him always thank you all god bless

Maribel

Hi am a guilty one i have two yorkie i went ot the supermarket to buy couple of stuff i left my yorkie tight outside was in the night time i will never leave them out in the afternoon i walk them in the morning or late afternoon went the sun is not that hoy well to make the story short i tight them in front of the supermarket i paying for the grocery i talking to the clerk i mention mine dogs to her and she told i should never leave them out somebody can take them i went running outside the was a lady standing in front of my babies i told her what was wrong she said she was babysitting i thank her i she inform me the a guy in car pass by and emquire about the dogs from that day on never leave them outside again the're to precious for me expexially the male yorkie he was my sister dog she die of cancer am i promise her the i will take care of him always thank you all god bless

amanda

My dog loves the car; it's a favorite napping spot (when the car is parked is in our cool garage). Since being rescued, despite one on one and class training, she's had lingering symptoms of separation anxiety and she prefers to be with her family. She loves the car and going on car rides. She cleverly tries to sneak into the car when anyone in our family goes out, regardless of how comfortable we make it for her to remain home.
I leave my dog in the car when I take her with me--only if I can park in cool shady spots-- and I put shades up on all the windows and crack all the windows. I check on her regularly to make sure she's OK if I'll be longer than 10 minutes and I set my alarm. I don't take my dog into the big City unless she's going to be with me every minute because I worry about dog napping and crazy people attacking her/us. This article has persuaded me to work harder with our trainer to reduce our dog's separation anxiety and leave her at home more often, despite that fact that she prefers to be out and about, sleeping in the car or meeting people.

What matters most is find the best way to protect your furry family member and giving them the very best and safe care and environment possible.

amanda

My dog loves the car; it's a favorite napping spot (when the car is parked is in our cool garage). Since being rescued, despite one on one and class training, she's had lingering symptoms of separation anxiety and she prefers to be with her family. She loves the car and going on car rides. She cleverly tries to sneak into the car when anyone in our family goes out, regardless of how comfortable we make it for her to remain home.
I leave my dog in the car when I take her with me--only if I can park in cool shady spots-- and I put shades up on all the windows and crack all the windows. I check on her regularly to make sure she's OK if I'll be longer than 10 minutes and I set my alarm. I don't take my dog into the big City unless she's going to be with me every minute because I worry about dog napping and crazy people attacking her/us. This article has persuaded me to work harder with our trainer to reduce our dog's separation anxiety and leave her at home more often, despite that fact that she prefers to be out and about, sleeping in the car or meeting people.

What matters most is find the best way to protect your furry family member and giving them the very best and safe care and environment possible.

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Michele Ganz

My min pin got out of our yeard a few months ago and a couple decided to take her home. We had her microchipped and thank god we did. After taking her with one phone call she was back within 1 hour of hher being taken.

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