Don’t Let Thieves Steal Your Dog
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.
Here are the reasons they give for dog theft increasing:
Most dog thefts can be broken down into one of two types. Firstly, there is the specific targeting of pedigree dogs, either for profit or for breeding. With pedigrees being worth an average of £1,000, there are organised gangs stealing such dogs in order to gain a large ransom from devoted owners or to sell them on the black market — where prices can be around half the price of a dog from a legitimate breeder. Increasingly, dogs are also being stolen for use on puppy farms — not just in this country, but abroad too. The RSPCA estimates that 50,000 farmed puppies are imported every year into the UK from Ireland, and that requires a significant number of bitches to be constantly producing litters. Breeds most at risk from these kinds of thefts are toy, working, and designer breeds.
The second most common reason for dog theft is more sinister and evil — for use as bait dogs in fighting rings. These dogs are used for fighting dogs to practise on and can be any breed.
You can read the complete article here.