I recall when I was growing up, seeing dogs tied up outside of a store waiting for their owners. There is the possibility that the dog, if it is not some big dog, could be stolen.
Dogs that are stolen has increased in the UK, US, Australia, and Canada. Then, the market for stolen dogs has also increased. This is often the result of purchases by new owners who are unaware that the dog was stolen or dogs bought by backyard breeders.
There have been few arrests made for dog thefts but only 5% of arrests have lead to convictions.
The type of dogs most at risk of being stolen are the pedigree dog breeds which can be worth hundreds and thousands of dollars. French bulldogs and chihuahuas are very vulnerable as well as dogs with unusual colors.
There have been dogs taken from owners while out for a walk. Some a have been taken by breaking into a house or kennel. It appears that half of stolen dogs are taken from house break-ins.
The dog stealing business has become big. Highly-prized breeds inside dog walkers’ vans have been targeted.
There are steps that can be taken to avoid theft of your dog. Don’t leave dogs unattended in your yards, in cars, outside of stores, or in parks. If you let your dog off of it leash, as much as possible keep them in sight and make sure that they are used to responding to your call.
Microchips embedded under your dog’s skin can be an added security. The size of the chip is about the size of a grain of rice. The capsules are helped to stay in place by bonding to the tissue with anti-migration features of some microchips.
If your dog is stolen you should notify the police and the microchip company. Hopefully you have photos of your dog from many angles. When a reward is offered for a missing dog it may encourage a quick return and it could also encourage dog theft. It can encourage criminals to seek the reward or demand a ransom.
When adopting a new dog, its background and where it came from should be considered. Be even more careful when buying from a website. When you take it for its first check up, ask the vet to check for a microchip.
The sad reality is that dog theft is possible and you should become aware of how to minimize the risk of your dog being stolen. After all, it is your best friend.