Stolen Pets

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Stolen Pets

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) approximately 2 million dogs, cats and other companion animals are stolen each year. Equally disheartening is that the theft of family pets is on the rise. While many pets are stolen when in their yards, or during a burglary or home invasion, the predominant ways that companion animals are stolen are when they are left in cars or tied outside waiting for their owner(s) to return from shopping or eating in a restaurant. As well meaning as these pet owners may be it seems obvious that many thefts occur due to human behavior.

To prevent our furry loved ones from being stolen the ASPCA suggests that we do the following:

  • Never leave your pet tied outside a store or alone in a car, even if you will be inside for just a minute. A well-meaning individual may actually believe your pet has been abandoned, and take her away in an attempt to ensure her safety.
  • Never leave your pet outdoors unattended. Your pet should be safely indoors at all times, and should always be within your sight or earshot when outdoors.
  • When outdoors, your dog should be in a securely fenced yard. Pets who normally stay near home can become frightened, or enticed to leave by an interesting sight or smell, and may not be able to find their way home – they may not be technically stolen, but are gone nevertheless.
  • Always check to ensure that fence gates are securely closed before allowing your dog outdoors, and regularly check for holes in or under the fencing that a dog could slip through.
  • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar and ID tag with your current contact information included. It is a good idea to microchip your pet, and put the tag that identifies the microchip company and ID number on her collar.
  • Build a pet-friendly network of neighbors who can monitor suspicious activity in your neighborhood and intervene if they see your pet walking with a stranger.
  • Report a missing pet immediately to police and animal control authorities, and mobilize your neighborhood with searching.

Pets are not like fake rolex watches. We must get it back.