Dog Theft Is On The Rise: How To Protect Your Best Friend

 

The number of dog thefts across the US is increasing:

“The AKC (American Kennel Club)came to this conclusion by comparing the reports made over the same seven-month period in 2011 and 2010. During this period in 2011, 224 dogs were reported stolen, while in 2010 the number was only 150.”

This is no joke! And the dogs most likely to be targeted are the ones suitable for dog fighting or the ones easy to sell as companions.

If you dog is either:

  • A pit bull, pit bull cross or another breed suitable for fighting.
  • Pedigree dog.
  • Small dog with a ‘cute’ factor.

Then you should be especially concerned.

So what do you do to protect you friend?:

  • Microchip your dog. I can’t stress this enough. A microchip with up-to date contact details registered on the system is your bets chance of getting your dog back if the worst happens.
  • Train your dog not to come to strangers or to accept their food. This is also very important to prevent poisoning etc.
  • Don’t leave your dog unattended. Ever. The days of leaving your dog tied up to the bench while you go into a shop are gone. Don’t risk it – one mistake is all it can take.
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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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