The film 101 Dalmatians, based on a book by Dodie Smith, centered on the kidnap of Dalmatian puppies on order by Cruella de Vil, who wants to use their fur for coats, and their rescue. While the tale was fiction, dognapping does happen in real life. The American Kennel Club has reported an increase of dog theft from 2012 to 2013. Pets are stolen for many reasons: to be sold to breeders, puppy mills or pet stores or for bait (especially smaller dogs) in dog fighting rings.
How can you prevent pet theft from happening to you? Here’s what you can do to make sure that doesn’t happen:
Make sure to keep your dog on a leash
While it’s nice to let your dog enjoy the freedom of running around on their own without you hounding their every step, it’s always better to keep their leash on. This is particularly true when taking them to parks or any other public area. While you can keep their leash on and let them roam under your supervision, this still isn’t enough to protect them from theft. Keep in mind that some dogs have been snatched while their owner was watching.
Keep your dog indoors
You may have heard about dogs being allowed in the workplace with some workers encouraged to do so. However, this benefit is not available for everyone. So if you have to leave your furry friend alone when you’re at work, make sure they are kept indoors. This is safer rather than letting them roam freely around your yard.
Put identification on your dog
The simplest identification measure is a stainless steel dog tag, especially those with customized engraving. This tag is particularly useful when your dog has wandered off accidentally. Since a lot of thieves now know to remove this item once they grab hold of your dog, you can opt for a microchip.
Do not leave your dog in the car
A lot of owners leave their dogs in the car thinking that cracking open a window is fine. This clearly isn’t alright given how increasingly hot it can get inside a car on a sunny day. Not only that, you just gave pet thieves a window of opportunity to grab not only your pooch but also your belongings.
Do not leave your dog outside when you pop into a shop
You know that leaving your dog alone inside the car isn’t a good idea. So the next best thing is to just tie them up outside the shops while you pop in for a bit, right? The answer is still no. If possible, pick places that are dog friendly when you are bringing your four-legged pal along or make sure to bring someone else to be with your dog outside while you’re inside.
No one wants their furry companion to fall victim to the malicious schemes of others. This is why certain measures should be taken into account so they don’t fall into the wrong hands.