Ask the Police.“I believe someone has stolen my dog, what can I do”?
Popular and pure bread dogs now days can cost thousands of dollars. Because of this, it is a common practice for thieves to wait for an opportunity and steal your dog. The thief than either keeps the dog for breeding purposes or sells the dog for a good price.
A common scam
To a dog owner, their pet is like a child and member of the family. Discovering the dog gone can create an emotional trauma desperate for answers and willing to do anything or…pay anything.
Dog-nappers look for young pups and usually smaller dogs then wait for the owner to let his guard down, leave the dog in the front yard unattended and dognap the animal.
The owner of the dog will put up flyers of the lost dog willing to pay a handsome reward to which the dog-napper, now the hero will gladly collect.
Here are some preventative measures you can take to make sure your dog is safe.
* A dog left unattended in a yard is an easy target for a thief, and you should never leave a dog inside your car.
* Be cautious of strangers who approach you and your dog and do not give information about how much you paid for the dog or where you live.
* Do not tie your dog up in front of a store to go inside and shop. You can shop at stores that are dog friendly so you can keep your dog with you.
* There are tracking devices and GPS systems on the market that you are able to use on your dog’s collar that would alert you by text message if the dog has left a predetermined area, or if he is lost, would lead you to him. Micro chipping your dog is wise advice and will help identify who the owner is when your dog is found.
File a Police report
If your dog is stolen or missing, you can file a Police report either with your local Police department or with animal regulations. A dog is considered property, and the microchip identification number can be entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) to help identify him as stolen property when the dog is ever checked.
Beware of buying dogs from unreliable sources such as roadside sales, storefront peddlers and shady advertising. Use only reputable sources and pet rescue centers.
If you are ever suspicious, call the Police or animal regulations to investigate.