How to Protect Your Best Friend from Being Stolen
Discovering that someone stole the family dog is devastating news. The heartbreaking realization that a beloved pet is missing causes people to panic.
The Shocking Numbers
Nearly 10 million dogs and cats go missing annually in the US. Only 10% of owners get their dogs back.
High-value dogs like Bulldogs, Yorkshire Terriers, Chihuahuas, and French Bulldogs are easy targets for thieves.
Why Do They Steal?
Thieves target high-value dogs for their increased resale value of around $2000 and above.
15 US states have laws against dog theft. In some states, dog stealing can result in imprisonment and fines.
Prevention is Key
Never leave your dog unattended. Microchipping and GPS trackers can also help.
The Emotional Toll
Pets that become separated from their owners experience emotional trauma. Many animal captivity statistics support this.
The Demand for Purebreds
There is a high demand for certain purebreds and designer mixes, making them prime targets for theft.
Importance of Vigilance
As pet owners, it’s vital to remain vigilant. Never leave your precious pet in a vehicle, tied outside a store, or unattended in your yard.
Reuniting with Lost Pets
Although the news is tough to bear, don’t give up. Harness your energies, become one of the 10% who get their dogs back, and help put the law on dog nappers.