Dog thieves will try all kinds of trickery to get their hands on dogs to sell or to use for worse things. On March 10, 2013, Fox News reported that someone in Lonedell, MO. is posing as the humane society and driving around in a white van searching for dogs. The Franklin County Humane Society has confirmed that while they do have a white van, it is only used to transport dogs to adoption events not to pick up strays.
People will attempt to grab a dog that is running loose as a means of making money. The dog may end up listed for sale on Craigslist, sold to a lab or sold as a bait dog for dog fighting and training. Dogs are even stolen for breeding purposes in puppy mills. These are all horrible fates, as who knows where a stray dog may end up after a dognapper sells the dog off.
If you see someone trying to catch a dog and there is no signage on the vehicle, call the police and ask for assistance. Make note of what type vehicle it is, get a plate number if possible and tell them exactly where you saw it. You may be saving a dog’s life.
You can protect your own dog by always keeping an eye on him, even in a fenced yard. It only takes a dog thief a few seconds to call a friendly dog to the fence and reach over and grab him. If your dog goes out for bathroom breaks in an unfenced yard, always go with him.
As an avid pet lover, Donna follows many pet related web sites and reads books on pet care and training. As the owner of two very spoiled Shih Tzu, she has a lot of hands on experience. She also follows many rescue groups via facebook and does whatever she can to help spread the word on responsible pet ownership. "It breaks my heart to see so many homeless or mistreated pets. I try to do my part to help them, by educating the public in pet health and care." Subscribe above to follow what she writes or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org