This subject has two names: dog kidnappings and dog nappings. They are the same terms creating the same issue: dogs being stolen out of vehicles, back yards, and homes. It's happening more and more often and Animal Care & Control wishes to help keep your furry best friend safe from the these thieves.
Here are some tips to help keep your dog safe:
- MICROCHIP! Make sure it’s registered with the national company. It’s a good way to prove ownership. It’s permanent and cannot be taken off like a collar and tag can. Make sure you have the number saved somewhere that you can access it in a hurry if you need to.
- Maintaining thorough vet records which show a history of ownership. This can help with proving ownership if two parties are contesting that an animal is theirs.
- Always make sure to have recent and clear photos of your dog on file. Make sure to take close up pictures of any distinguishing marks. Have a clear shot of the head/face and also a profile shot of the entire body.
- Never leave the dog unattended! This could mean in your backyard, in your car, etc.
- Be mindful that certain breeds are more likely to be a target. Small dogs and puppies because they are easy to steal. Larger dogs that are considered guard dogs would also be a likely target.
- A dog that is spayed or neutered is also less likely to be stolen to use for breeding, so yet one more positive reason to spay/neuter!
- Always keep a watch on your pet at off-leash dog parks.
- Be mindful of anyone that comes up to you in public areas (especially parks) and asks a lot of personal questions about your dog. Examples: good with kids; house trained; leashed trained; been bred before; gets along with other dogs; health issues or history; etc.
To learn more visit: AKC's Dognapping page.