Monday, September 10, 2012

Dognapping Is On The Rise

When first saw this headline, "Dog-napping in on the Rise," in the ASPCA news, I thought, "So?  Every dog and plenty of humans love to take naps!  My humans come home from church and it's nap time!"

Then I read further and understood it's not taking a nap, it someone stealing dogs from their owners!  OH MY GOODNESS!!!!  The stealing of dogs has risen 32% according to the American Kennel Club. Now, why would anyone want to do that??!!

Most thefts come from humans leaving their dogs in cars or tied up outside stores while they shop, but some are actually stolen from their yard, particularly the front yard and during home invasions.

First, I've got to give some advice to humans.  Please take precautions to avoid being part of this heartbreaking crime. The ASPCA recommends:
  • If you're going to take your dog with you when running errands, visit pet-friendly shops or leave your dog at home. 
  • When going to dog parks or any other area where your buddy can roam off-leash, where he could become target for criminals, keep a very close eye on him.  Stolen dogs are sold or sometimes held for ransom.
  • Never leave your buddy unattended in the front yard.  My humans fuss at me the second I get out of their view- now, I know why they are so picky.
  • Keep an eye on your dog in the backyard too.  Yes, it should be safe, but you never know.  I'd be barking like crazy if someone came around to bother me- so pay attention to any barking.
  • Many animal groups recommend you consider Microchipping your pet.  Before you do this, do your research about the product, it's health issues and then proceed as you want.  It is a resource for assisting you to help find your dog if it gets "dognapped" or even if it wanders off on its own.
I hope that you nor your dog ever has to go through this and be victim of a dog-napping..... please be cautious and alert.  

If you've got any items we should consider and you'd like to share about this topic, please feel free to comment below.


Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

I was appalled when I first heard this. It just makes me sick.

Allen Pearson said...

Yeah, me too!! My humans have been upset about it too. They tend to watch me closer now.... (as if they weren't doing it enough!)... thanks for commenting.... Noah.