Dog theft has become an increasingly serious problem worldwide. In the UK the RSPCA estimates the number of dog thefts annually at 5000. There are no reliable figures for dog thefts in the USA, but it is known that the figures there are also rising. The message is clear "don't let thieves steal your dog"
Dog stealing is quaintly called dognapping in some publications. Somehow this makes it sound less serious. But if your dog is taken, whether it is an expensive pedigree or a family pet which originally came from an animal shelter, the loss to you and your family can be devastating. So let's call it what is really is - theft.
A recent article on the "Your Dog" blog describes the way dog stealing gangs work and discusses some of the things you can do to keep your dog safe from thieves.