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Kali earned- her wings- 10/21/14

She's game for- anything that's- fun.
 
 
Barked: Thu Sep 1, '11 5:09pm PST 
This is additional information related to a post I made a couple of weeks ago. This one is from "The Dog Channel". I just want people to be aware.

Protecting Your Best Friend
It’s every owner’s nightmare: You come home and find your dog isn’t there.
Posted: August 30, 2011, 3 a.m. EDT

stolen dog
For some people, it means the dog was stolen - something that has occurred at least 224 times so far this year, according to statistics compiled by the AKC Companion Animal Recovery National Pet Theft Database. Last year, some 150 dogs were reported stolen during the same 7-month period.

“We are getting reports almost daily of pets stolen during home invasions, out of parked cars while people are running errands and even snatched from dog lovers out for a walk in the park,” says Lisa Peterson, spokesperson for the AKC.

The pets are targeted for various reasons, Peterson says. Some are stolen for resale on the Internet, in newspaper ads or at flea markets. Others are stolen and held for ransom, while others are snatched simply because someone wants a dog for themselves or to give as a gift.

“We’ve even seen a new trend of dogs being stolen from shelters and adoption events for the first time this year,” Peterson says.

In response to this growing trend, AKC and AKC Companion Animal Recovery have come up with tips to keep your dog safe:

In the Neighborhood

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.

Don’t leave your dog unattended in your yard. Dogs left outdoors for long periods of time are targets, especially if your fenced-in yard is visible from the street.

Be cautious with information. 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.

On the Road

Never leave your dog in an unattended car, even if it’s locked. Besides the obvious health risks this poses to the dog, it’s also an invitation for thieves, even if you are gone for only a moment.

Don’t tie your dog outside a store. This popular practice among city-dwelling dog owners can be a recipe for disaster. If you need to go shopping, patronize only dog-friendly retailers or leave the dog at home.

Recovery

Protect your dog with microchip identification. Collars and tags can be removed so make sure you have permanent ID with a microchip. Thieves will not know the dog has a microchip until a veterinarian or shelter worker scans it so keep contact information current with your microchip recovery service provider.

If you suspect your dog has been stolen: Immediately call the police/animal control officer in the area your pet was last seen and file a police report. If your dog has a microchip, ask to have that unique serial number, along with the dog’s description, posted in the "stolen article” category on the National Crime Information Center.

Canvass the neighborhood - Talk to people in the immediate vicinity where your pet went missing for possible sightings of the actual theft.

Have fliers with a recent photo ready to go if your dog goes missing. Keep several current photos (profile and headshot) of your dog in your wallet or on an easily accessible web account so that you can distribute immediately if your pet goes missing.

Contact the media - Call the local TV station, radio station and newspaper and ask to have a web post put out about your missing pet.
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Mikey

You know you- want to pet me
 
 
Barked: Thu Sep 1, '11 7:05pm PST 
I read that article yesterday. I was a bit shocked at how prevalent it is.

I am so phobic of Mikey being stolen. When I go into a store and leave him in the car I only open the windows enough so a grown mans arm can't get all the way through to unlock the car. Or anyone's arm really.
Luckily I have a SUV and can open all five windows and crack the sunroof.
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Rexy

I dig in mud- puddles!
 
 
Barked: Thu Sep 1, '11 10:52pm PST 
A heads up to Dogters in the Vancouver area, there was an article on the news recently about small purebred dogs being stolen and sold in order to get quick cash for drugs.

Please don't leave your pups tied up outside of stores etc unattended.

And it's not isolated to the cities either, it happens in the small towns too. frown
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Dunlop

Dunlop-named for- the rider not- the tyer
 
 
Barked: Thu Sep 1, '11 11:11pm PST 
Puppy Farms? cry MAke sure your gate is locked too! Harder to pass a dog over a fence than it looks!
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Mikey

You know you- want to pet me
 
 
Barked: Fri Sep 2, '11 4:28pm PST 
I was walking into a supermarket today and saw a guy tying up his Charles Spaniel to a post out front. I could see he was truly hesitant about doing it and loved on her/him for a bit before he went in. He then told him/her that he'd be back in a minute.
I came in the store behind him and all I could think about was the article about dognapping. We ended up being at the deli counter together and I made eye contact with him and told him, "Just wanted to let you know that dognapping is on the rise and it isn't wise to tie up a dog in front of store. There's an article about it in the paper".
He responded by saying he knows he shouldn't do it, but he's gonna go fast. Which he was.
He then asked about the article and I told him where to find it and he thanked me and went on his way.

I didn't mean to scare the guy, but I just wanted to pass on the news.

The neighborhood store he tied his dog is in an area that is mostly comprised of small, independent stores where everyone knows everyone and I would hope the chances of a dognapping happening there would be less.
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Kali earned- her wings- 10/21/14

She's game for- anything that's- fun.
 
 
Barked: Fri Sep 2, '11 4:43pm PST 
I never take any chances with my guys. I am tooooo paranoid and freely admit it. I couldn't live with myself if one of my guys was taken, esp. not knowing where they might end up.
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Buddy

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Barked: Fri Sep 2, '11 4:47pm PST 
Locked gates aren't even a deterrent anymore. I was just looking on Craigslist and saw someone who had a posting for their dog that was stolen. They said someone took bolt cutters to the lock on their gate. frown

We supervise our dogs 100% when they are outside. I don't think anyone would take them, especially because they aren't purebred or anything but it still makes me so nervous.
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y

dog-sitter in- charge.
 
 
Barked: Fri Sep 2, '11 4:51pm PST 
i lock my doors and gates when i go to work and still worry about someone breaking in and stealing them frown
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Adam

Vaccine free- -Disease free- goes pawinpaw
 
 
Barked: Fri Sep 2, '11 5:19pm PST 
So what kind of dog is most at risk? (Other than unattended ones) My guess was purebred, unaltered young dogs? Do u think mutts are stolen I mean besides 'designer' ones?

The safety steps are take are:
1. be aware of who is in the area
2. Have plan if I see anyone suspicious
3. vet tattoo for my dogs
4. always reinforce recall
5. no name on collar or tags (I read not to do this??)
6. I've been thinking of this, to put loud bells on my dogs when they are off lead just in case they get out of my sight.
7. and of course never leaving dogs tied somewhere or unattended
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Rexy

I dig in mud- puddles!
 
 
Barked: Fri Sep 2, '11 5:30pm PST 
In Vancouver anyways, I belive small, purebred dogs are the most at risk. Dogs that can quickly be scooped up and carried away.
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