Dog napping – what is it?
When we talk about dog napping, we are not talking about lost dogs. We are talking about dogs that are actually stolen from their owners.
Dogs may be stolen from the owner’s yard, from their car, or in a dog park. They may be actually taken directly from the owner’s hands.
Dog napping is on the rise. Why is this? Many people say it is because of the poor economy. People want to get money so they sell a stolen dog. Others use the dog as ransom.
Larger dogs, such as pit bulls, may be used for fighting. Smaller dogs are very popular with the public today and are sold.
What can we do to prevent dog napping?
There are two main things I can think of. One thing is to be very careful with our dogs. Never leave our dog unattended. Don’t leave your dog in the back yard by itself. Don’t leave your dog in a car where it can be taken.
Many experts advise that you not take your dog any place unless it is completely necessary. Just leave your dog at home.
Another important thing to do is to microchip your dog. In this way, you can possibly be contacted and prove that you are the owner of the dog.
I read a recent article on the topic of dog napping. I found it in the excellent blog, TheDogFiles.com. It is entitled, “Dognapping Cases Up 70 Percent” by Renee Rhoades-Harrison.
Here is a quote from the article:
“Last year for example we tracked more than 432 pet thefts and that’s just scratching the surface,” Peterson said. “For the first time ever we’ve seen a trend now where shelters are being broken into and purebred and mixed breed dogs are being stolen.”
The good news is most of these dognapping situations are preventable, given the right amount of attention and prevention.
“Don’t leave it unattended,” Peterson said.
With products like microchipping your pet can carry your information with them, if your pet becomes lost of stolen, it’s a sure fire way to make sure your pet has the best chance of being reunited with you and your family.
“Because that’s the only way you can prove ownership and get your dog back should it turn up at a vets office or shelter,” Peterson said to CBS 2.
The American Kennel Club tracked 432 pet thefts in 2011, compared to 255 thefts in 2010, proving the horrible fact that this heart wrenching crime is on the rise. Experts advise if you need to go out and it is not necessary for your pet to be with you, leave them at home. Where they will be safe, sound and more likely to greet you at the door.
You can read the complete article here.
Have you heard of anyone being the victim of dog napping? What a terrible thing to go through. Do you have other suggestions to protect your dog? Thanks for your comments.