DOGNAPPING ON THE INCREASE: Can you imagine getting a random letter for your pup?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 16, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    I thought this was pretty horrible....

    "Dog Theft Up By 32% This Year, Says Animal Kennel Club"

    Hold on tight to your precious pooches. Dog theft is up, says the American Kennel Club (AKC).

    The organization's national database shows at least a 32 percent jump in thefts this year. The Chicago Sun Times writes that the numbers come from media reports of stolen dogs and customers who phone AKC's Companion Animal Recovery service.

    So far, 224 pets have been reported stolen in 2011, compared to the 150 stolen during the same period of seven months in 2010. points out this is a major increase from the 162 thefts reported in total during 2009.

    AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson told the Chicago Sun Times, "Some are taken out of homes, some are taken out of cars, some are taken out of pet stores." Peterson added, "I've even seen some taken out of a child's arms on a park bench."

    The motivation for this rise in dog thefts most likely boils down to a financial one. AKC suggests the thief might try to sell a dog, give the pet as a gift, or even hold the animal for ransom.

    So how exactly can you keep your dog safe from thieves? The group recommends micro-chipping your pup, putting the animal on a tight leash and keeping him in your sight at all times, especially when running errands. Also, beware of inquisitive strangers asking you how much you paid for the dog.

    For those who've lost a pet, websites such as Fido Finder may help.

    While some pets get stolen, many others are left homeless. Four million cats and dogs are put down in U.S. shelters each year, equivalent to almost one animal every eight seconds, says the Humane Society.

    Looking to get a pet? Consider adoption -- visit or ASPCA for more info.

  • qd2009

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    Aug 16, 2011 10:35 PM GMT
    do you mean ranSom letter?
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    Aug 16, 2011 11:02 PM GMT
    One of the primary reasons why I chipped my dog.

    I am very close to my dog - if anyone touched him I would have my henchmen hunt the bad guys down. If someone stole my car I would not be overly bothered besides missing the Billy Joel CD collection. If someone broke into my home and stole my beer, ketchup, and action figures I would be mildly upset at having to replace the action figures. But my dog? That is murder city, population dognappers.
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    Aug 16, 2011 11:09 PM GMT
    If someone stole my dog, I would be on them like Beatrix Kiddo on Bill.

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    Aug 17, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    There's a great episode of Veronica Mars (season 1, episode 19) on dog napping. icon_exclaim.gif
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    Aug 17, 2011 3:03 AM GMT
    I work with other people's dogs all the time and it recently occurred to me that theft of a client's could be a real issue on a number of levels. Many people regard their dogs as part of their family and would go to great lengths to get back a stolen animal.

    If someone kidnapped my jack russell I would have to consider doing what Mel Gibson did in one of his movies and hunt down the kidnapper and put a price on the kidnapper's head.

    On the other hand, I expect that any one who kidnapped my dog would find themselves in a position similar to that of Bette Midler's kidnappers in Ruthless People. After a few days they would call me begging me to take the dog back.