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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There is no such thing as a reputable Breader. ANY Breader should NOT even exist as long as there are homeless dogs already here! No need to bring in more!!!


My 2 rescue dogs are in Agility and Obedience. There is nothing stopping them from being in competition events. Just because they are mutts doesn't mean they can't do anything. They just can't be shown


I suppose if you are wanting to show a dog, then maybe you do have to get it from a breeder. I can't speak to that. I'm just talking about the average Joe who wants to buy an everyday pooch. I'm sorry to hear about some bad experiences some folks have had with various shelters, but I still think you can find perfectly good pets through a shelter, Humane Society, ASPCA, or other rescue groups without too much problem. Just my 2 cents.


Honestly, this level of immaturity is disgusting. This post was to remind us to protect our pets from petnapping. It is disheartneing to see self-righteous bashing of others. I have owned several dogs in my life from the who knows what she is street stray that had to have her left back leg amputated to a wonderful, carefully bred husky that I paid $600 for. I have adopted from the shelter more than I have bought, volunteer there and donate. I will say this. There are pros and cons for every choice. If you are buying a puppy from the newspaper without looking at the parents, vet records, etc than YES you are encouraging puppy mills but to debase another individuals choice to purchase a pet from a reputable breeder because YOU wouldn't is rude and inapprorpriate.


I have to agree with the fact that buying a dog from a good breeder does not bring shame. Vet bills are huge! Many of the mixed breeds have very bad health issues which can cause an owner financial difficulties I also support trying to improve a breed and to encourage responsible breeding. I have a service dog that is a purebred because I have special needs and certain breeds are good at certain skills. All Dogs are not just pets. They work for farmers, for the military, for the police force. Breeding for skills is necessary . Buying a dog from a pet store is shameful in my eyes because that encourages puppy mills. Tighter governing of breeders and fines for not spaying and neutering are what I think will help the over population of dogs. What has your involvement been with dogs? Most who are active with their dogs going to rally, agility, noseworks, hunting and fun things for dogs have open minds. I find those who do not take the time to train their dogs and expect them to be happy just because they have a roof and meals spout off about those of us who are active and involved with the dog community. I have gotten dogs from the shelters and donate a lot of money to them. I have a kennel in the name of one of my favorite dogs that is used for dogs in need. Please think before you start pointing fingers!


If a dog is obviously in distress inside a car on a hot day and Animal Control & the Police aren't coming, I would have to get the dog out of the car. Much better than watching it die.

M. Labelle

Of those 60 calls, do you actually get a police response to the scene? In these economic times with staff shortages, I'd be surprised if a cop actually shows up to investigate a dog in a car.

We paid an extra $1600 for a solar-powered fan on our Prius just so our Little Guy is more comfortable if we have to leave him in the car. But we may refuse-think the whole thing if scumbags are stealing dogs from cars.


So what do you suggest when you are traveling and need to run into the rest stop to use the restroom? I'm sure that bringing them into the facility would not be appreciated or allowed in almost any area. Do I now need to worry that someone will break my car window and "rescue" my dog when I spend 5 minutes relieving myself after my dogs have had the chance to? I fully agree that a dog should not be left in a car in most circumstances, and mine are left in with the e-brake on, air running, and doors locked when I find it necessary. But it's absolutely ridiculous that some of you think it's ok to take such drastic actions without understanding the situation.


Good for you.


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.