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Positive Steps To Safeguarding Your Dog
Neil Ewart FBIPDT
Chairman. Dog Theft Action.
There is little doubt that the theft of dogs is on the increase although accurate statistics are amazingly elusive.
Why steal a dog? There are several reasons and these include obtaining dogs for fighting or breeding. Others will be taken for hunting purposes and there are those where a ransom is demanded. What an easy way to get your next ‘fix’
Finally, there are many dogs taken for no apparent reason- possibly because the perpetrator just likes the dog.
Everyone hopes that dog and owner will be reunited but so often this does not happen and the eventual fate of the dog is not known.
Every owner should treat their dog as they would any highly valuable possession.
If you believe your dog has been stolen then report it to the police and insist it is logged as a theft and not just lost.
If your dog has been stolen and recovered can you actually prove it belongs to you?
There are even been marital break-ups where one partner was convinced they were the actual owner but then discovered they had no documentation. I know of people who have ‘’boarded’’ someone’s
pet then refused to give it up claiming they had been given the dog!! It is difficult to believe that this would cause problems and mean you do not get what you believe to be rightfully yours back. However, it certainly can and has done so on very many occasions.
What to think about:
Although the theft of dogs is increasing it still remains an unusual crime. However, when it happens to you it is VERY distressing and goodness knows what happens to the many dogs which are never recovered. Please do not assume it will never happen
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