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How to protect your pet from theft

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG THEFTAccording to the American Kennel Club about 500 dogs were stolen in 2012. Dog theft is more common than you think.  Pet owners should be aware that this can occur at anytime. There are some things that you should do to protect your pet from thieves.


  • Never leave your pet unattended – Always be aware of the location of your pet and never leave your pet alone outdoors. Dogs love to run in the back yard, just make sure that they are within your visual range.
  • Build secure fences around your yard –  It is crucial to have a secure fence around your yard if you let your pet outdoors. Even if the fence is secure, a dog should never be left outside for extended periods of time by himself. I would always stay in the yard with him or at least on a deck or porch where you can always see him.  Your dog may see something interesting on the other side of the fence and attempt to dig a whole and wiggle through.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a car or tied to a pole while you go into a store or restaurant – your dog may be snatched from your car by a passer by who thinks that he is acting in the best interest of the pet by removing it. Dogs and cats should ever be left alone in a car for safety reasons. They could die is seconds if the temperature gets too hot.

Your dog could easily get off his leash if he is tied to a pole while you’re in a store of restaurant. He could be stolen or run in the street and get hit by a car. Use common sense, don’t do it!

Remember, your pets count!


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