On the Rise
Dognapping is not really a new phenomenon,
but during the last couple of years
it has become more and more common.
Most dognappings are considered
to be crimes of opportunity, but
there are also professional dog
thieves out there who steal dogs
in order to make some extra bucks.
Dogs are most often taken from outside
restaurants and shops and from parked
cars. However, ruthless thieves
have also been known for robbing
dog owners of their beloved friends
when walking their dogs in broad
daylight, or from their back yard.
For millions of dog owners, our dogs are not just pets. They are much-loved family members – a fact that many dognappers try to cash out on. For instance, it is not uncommon that dognappers steal dogs in the attempt to ransoming the animals back to their owners. And you don’t have to be rich or famous for your dog to become a victim. Most dognappers know that regular people will pay lots of money to get their four-legged friend back. However, most dognappers steal pedigree dogs with the intent to sell them off to unknowing buyers.
Even though it is very difficult
to protect yourself and your dog
against cold-blooded dognappers
who might rob you of your little
friend in the middle of the street,
there are things that you could
do to protect your little pooch:
||Never leave your dog unattended. Most dogs are stolen from outside stores and restaurants, where they are tied up and left alone.
||Dogs are also stolen from cars and gardens, so again, always keep an eye on your dog.
||Never let a stranger watch your dog for a few minutes while you go into an establishment. It is better to leave your dog at home!
||Make sure to microchip your dog. Even though a microchip will not protect him or her against brutal dognappers, it might help you get your dog back.
Last but not least, if you are
buying a dog from a stranger, make
sure it is not stolen. Ask for birth
records, records from the vet, etc.
If the dog is tattooed or microchipped,
check if the person selling the
dog really is the owner.