Dog theft runs rampant through Wyoming, and it’s not a new thing. While stolen dogs get more attention in the age of community Facebook groups and personalized news, dog thefts have been a common occurrence for many years. Many people in Wyoming have dogs, and have outdoor yards for them to run. It becomes easy for someone to steal a dog to sell, to keep for themselves, and occasionally to use as bait dogs in illegal dog fights. The popular myth is that most stolen dogs are used for bait dogs, but this appears to be untrue for many Wyoming dog thefts.
Sadly, the law sees dogs as possessions, and treats theft like any other petty crime. Once it happens, all the police will do is take a statement, file a report, and keep the dog’s information on file in case it turns up anywhere. Safeguard your canine companion with a more proactive approach to help prevent theft and, should your dog still be stolen, increase the chances of apprehending the perpetrator.