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Dog Thefts On The Rise

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How to Keep Your Dog Safe

Every year, dog thefts and other pets have been rising globally. As a mama of furry children, terrifying and heartbreaking to learn. This loss is unmeasurable.

Money is often the motivation. Thieves will sell to unsuspecting buyers, who only wanted a discount on a new companion. They may also sell to testing labs or use in dog fight rings. A pet's life could drastically change – Not for the better either.

Awareness and prevention are key, so Pet Theft Awareness Week was established for March - this week - along with a Pet Theft Awareness Day in February.

Dogs are more often than not stolen from their own yards, especially if thieves can see your dog from the street. But dogs have also been taken from cars, parks, and even while being walked. Purebreds are more likely to be taken, such as Yorkshire Terriers, Pomeranians, and Malteses. But other dogs can be, too, so don't think your mixed breed is necessarily safe and sound.

Your furry friend can be kept safe and you can locate a pet if stolen. With these tips, you avoid the situation or recover your furry companion.

The leash is your friend and your dog's safety net, keeping him close to you. An unleashed dog may wander off, catching the attention of thieves.

Backyard exposed to prying eyes? Don't leave your dog alone in these types of yards for long periods of time.

Do not leave your pet unattended in your car. A locked car won't necessarily keep a thief from taking advantage. If they aren't going after your dog, they may let him escape by breaking in and stealing whatever else you have in your car.

Don’t tie your dog up outside a store. If it's not a dog-friendly locale, leave your dog in the safety of his own home.

Stay closed lip about your dog to strangers. Don't disclose where you live or how much your dog cost. Thieves seek dogs with value.

Microchip your dog, keeping the details up-to-date. Have your vet check the chip whenever you visit. You want to be positive that it is still functioning.

Use a GPS collar. While thieves may remove it, you can at least get a head start on where to focus your search.

If your dog is stolen, report immediately to the police, animal control, local shelters and any lost or stolen dog databases that you know of in your area, such as the UK's Petlog. Post fliers with recent photos of your pet, talk to anyone in the vicinity of where the theft occurred, and share on social media as well.

We can keep our pets safe, secure and where they belong – With their loving family.

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