What would you do is someone tired to steal or stole your dog? Do you know where your dog is at the highest risk of being stolen? As a dog owner I’m always searching for ways to keep my dog safe, and dog theft seems to be one of the hardest things to protect her from. During my research I spoke with friends and family members who have lost their dogs to find out where their dog went missing and what the circumstances were. These are some of the places you should keep an extra close eye on your dog.
The dog park
For most dogs and their owners the dog park is a place they go to unwind. It’s supposed to be a safe place to run free and enjoy the day, but that isn’t always the case. A close friend of mine once visited a fenced dog park expecting that her dog would be safe inside the fence. She unleashed her fur-baby and watch as he headed off to play. Later, she glanced up to see where her dog was, and was shocked to see someone carrying the dog away from her and toward the fence. As it turns out the couple was planning to steal the dog by passing it across the fence then disappearing. Luckily, my friend was able to rescue her dog, however, everyone isn’t so lucky.
Inside your vehicle
I, for one never considered the possibility that someone would be so brazen that they would take a dog from a vehicle, but it does happen. What’s more surprising is that some don’t even care if you are in the vehicle with your dog. I have heard stories about dogs being snatched out of car windows at stop lights or out of parked cars. The best way to prevent this from happening to your dog is to keep them tethered inside the car, and never leave them unattended. I tether my dog inside the car by using the seatbelt to lock her leash in place.
This is probably the least shocking of the three because so many dogs go missing at home. Thieves will not think twice about taking your dog from your home. Dogs are at the most risk when they are outside alone, so it’s important to keep a watchful eye over them. In 2005, my family lost our beloved dog to a thief. He was outside using the potty when someone picked him up, put him in their car and drove off. It happened so quickly that there was nothing my mom could do except scream at the car as it drove away. Sadly, we were never able to find Duke, who was 12-years-old when he went missing.
As a dog owner I know it’s impossible to be with your dog every moment of the day. Distractions happen, and unfortunately that’s when the thieves strike. Knowing when and where your dog is most at risk may help you keep him/her safe.
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