AKC: Pet Theft on the Rise - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2008, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
Henry 2006-2018/ Kordelia
 
gelbergirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: NJ/NYC metro.
Posts: 4,121
Submit Photo: 11
Photo Submissions 24 Times in 24 Posts
AKC: Pet Theft on the Rise

Tuesday, April 08, 2008]
-- Dog Owners and Breeders Advised to Keep Dogs Safe at Home and on the
Road --

The American Kennel Club® is warning pet owners and breeders about an
alarming rise in dog thefts in recent months. From parking lots to pet
stores and even backyards, more dogs are disappearing. In the first
three months of 2008, the AKC has tracked more than 30 thefts from news
and customer reports, versus only ten for all twelve months of 2007.

Media reports have chronicled the escalation of these "dog-nappings"
from all around the country. Incidents have included armed robbers
entering a breeder's home, tiny puppies being stuffed into purses at pet
stores and most recently, purebred pets being snatched from cars in
parking lots and even shelters.

"The value of pets in people's lives has been on the rise for a long
time and now we are seeing thieves trying to capitalize on this. Whether
they seek to resell the dog, collect a ransom or breed the dogs and sell
their offspring, thieves seem to be attuned to the increased financial
and emotional value pets have in our lives," said AKC spokesperson Lisa
Peterson. "Losing a treasured family pet is devastating to the owner."

"Criminals look for weaknesses and exploit them. They know pets can't
protect themselves, so that means owners need to be alert," said Lt.
John Kerwick, a law enforcement K-9 handler and the President of the
U.S. Police Canine Association, Region 7. "Be wary of anyone who
approaches you and asks too many questions about your dog or where you
live. This is a red flag that they may be out to snatch your pet."

Peterson added that "These 'dog-nappers' are misguided and naïve.
They're stealing living beings, not jewelry that can be pawned. Plus,
it's unlikely that they can sell the dogs for high prices without proper
registration papers, and these inept criminals are not realistically
going to collect a ransom. Caring for a dog -- and especially breeding
-- is a time consuming endeavor that requires a lot of knowledge.
Thieves will find themselves with a frightened and confused animal that
needs a lot of care."

The AKC offers the following advice to prevent your "best friend" from
being a target of a crime:

At Home

* Don't let your dog off-leash - Keeping your dog close to you
reduces the likelihood it will wander off and catch the attention of
thieves. A Saint Bernard that had wandered away from his owner in
Nebraska was snatched up right off the road.
* Don't leave your dog unattended in your yard - Dogs left outdoors
when no one is home for long periods of time can be potential targets,
especially if you live in a rural area and the fenced-in yard or dog
runs are visible from the street.
* Keep purchase price to yourself - If strangers approach you to
admire your dog during walks, don't answer questions about how much the
dog cost or give details about where you live.
* Breeders need to be aware of home visits by potential puppy
buyers - Criminals posing as would be "puppy buyers" have visited
breeder homes to snatch dogs, while other homes have been burglarized
when the owner was away. From Yorkies in Los Angeles to Bulldogs in
Connecticut, thieves have targeted young puppies of these highly coveted
breeds.

On the Road

* Never leave your dog in an unattended car, even if it's locked -
Even if you are gone for only a moment, an unlocked car is an invitation
for trouble. Also leaving expensive items in the car such as a GPS unit
or laptop will only invite thieves to break and possibly allow the dog
to escape.
* Don't tie your dog outside a store - This popular practice among
city dwelling dog owners can be a recipe for disaster. Reports have
surfaced of such thefts in Manhattan. If you need to go shopping,
patronize only dog-friendly retailers or leave the dog at home.
* Be vigilant when entering or leaving establishments or venues
catering to dogs such as grooming salons, veterinarians, doggie day care
or hotels - Be aware of your surroundings, such as slow moving vehicles,
or people watching you and your dog. Carry pepper spray as a precaution
and, if possible, don't walk alone late at night or stay in a well lit area.

Recovery

* Protect your dog with microchip identification - Collars and tags
can be removed so make sure you have permanent ID with a microchip. Keep
contact information current with your recovery service provider. Several
pets have been recovered because of alert people scanning and
discovering microchips. For more information and to enroll your pet in a
24 hour recovery service visit www.akccar.org.
* If you suspect your dog has been stolen - Immediately call the
police / animal control in the area your pet was last seen.
* Have fliers with a recent photo ready to go if your dog goes
missing - Keep a photo of your dog in your wallet or on an easily
accessible web account so that you can distribute immediately if your
pet goes missing.
gelbergirl is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2008, 05:23 PM
Hank's Dad
 
Lo01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Posts: 259
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 4 Times in 3 Posts
gelbergirl,

Thank you so very much for providing this information. I know everyone in this forum would do anything to keep their little loved ones safe.

'Lo


Need I say more?

"The world was conquered through the understanding of dogs; the world exists through the understanding of dogs." - Nietzche
Lo01 is offline  
post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-13-2008, 09:01 PM
Benji and Lizzie's Mom
 
Poornima's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 4,086
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 6 Times in 5 Posts
Thanks for the posting this info. We all know our pets are our babies!

Best, Poornima
Poornima is offline  
 
post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 05:33 AM
Gryff and Jinx Mommy
 
ivyagogo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: New Paltz, NY
Posts: 2,346
Submit Photo: 7
Photo Submissions 9 Times in 9 Posts
That is really scary. I still wonder what happened to that Pug who was stolen and given to the thief's daughter for Christrmas.

ivyagogo is offline  
post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 07:10 AM
Gucci's mom
 
Thumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 9,378
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 12 Times in 11 Posts
Thanks for posting that! IT is a great reminder that it does happen and scary that it is increasing in occurance.

It bothers me when people seem overly interested in Gucci or strangers ask too many questions. That's happened on a few occasions and If I don't feel comfortable around someone, I have told them Gucci is a Mutt, and was free.

Heck, people we KNOW well have threatened to take her and not give her back. lol, I'm sure it was a joke...but still.

K.
Thumper is offline  
post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
Henry 2006-2018/ Kordelia
 
gelbergirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: NJ/NYC metro.
Posts: 4,121
Submit Photo: 11
Photo Submissions 24 Times in 24 Posts
^^^ I know my brother-in-law raised concerns about people being too interested in his infant son. That's a good idea, mutt answer. I even do that with designer handbags when I get the questions "is it real". my answer "maybe, i got it as a gift".

Sometimes people don't know boundaries.

Please give Gucci a scratch on the head for me.
gelbergirl is offline  
post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 08:40 AM
Gucci's mom
 
Thumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 9,378
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 12 Times in 11 Posts
I sure will! And send some belly rubs to Henry for us! Ugh. the thought of someone abducting an infant is terrifying!!

I HATE when people question the authenticity of my handbags (I collect! lol) or my jewelry. It is too sketchy for me!

One of my handbags was knocked off so much, I quit carrying it and gave it to my daughter. OF course, its real...but her friends think its a knockoff.

lol

Kara
Thumper is offline  
post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 09:53 PM
Stuey and Sadie
 
Lilysplash I's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Oregon
Posts: 216
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Nominations 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanks for posting this information. I am seeing dog thefts on the rise in the news too.

Lilysplash I is offline  
post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 10:05 PM
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 1,482
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 2 Times in 2 Posts
Thanks for the reminders. I admit I have been guilty of leaving Tessa in the car while I run into stores for a moment (weather permitting of course). When I take her with me when visiting my kids at college and I leave her in the car for a quick meal. I have her crated in the rear where she is not only safe but can't be seen. Looks like I need to be more careful and not be so trusting.

Kara, great response...a mutt! I hope Princess Gucci didn't overhear you Can't you just see them the next time they met a Hav, accusing the owner of passing off a mutt as a purebred, LOL!
JanB is offline  
post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-14-2008, 10:27 PM
Senior Member
 
JASHavanese's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: FLORIDA!
Posts: 4,657
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 3 Times in 3 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Thumperlove View Post
Thanks for posting that! IT is a great reminder that it does happen and scary that it is increasing in occurance.

It bothers me when people seem overly interested in Gucci or strangers ask too many questions. That's happened on a few occasions and If I don't feel comfortable around someone, I have told them Gucci is a Mutt, and was free.

Heck, people we KNOW well have threatened to take her and not give her back. lol, I'm sure it was a joke...but still.

K.
I tell people my havs are mutts and the dogs look at each other and point paws. Of course it couldn't be them that's the mutt. It's funny to watch.
When we moved here 11 years ago I was warned about people stealing purebreds and I've always gone out back with them when they're out. My husband lets them out on their own and I grit my teeth.....then go get them or play outside with them. That's not much fun in cold weather, but I know they're safe.

Jan
jashavanese.net
JASHavanese is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome