Dog theft is on the rise, and it comes in more forms than just a backyard snatch-up. Shady dog nappers have been known to scout out popular off-leash locations, rob homes, and even “flip” dogs they promised a good home.
As many as two million animals are stolen every year, and only 10 percent are ever returned to their owners. Check out this infographic and learn some tips for preventing dog theft. Then, keep reading to learn exactly what dog thieves are planning to do with your dog once they’ve kidnapped him. Remember: tagging your dog with identifying information, such as his name and your phone number, is among the top ways to ensure he’s returned if ever lost.
What Happens to Stolen Pets?
In best case scenarios, your dog will not be mistreated. Instead, the thief (or thieves) will list your dog for sale. This is called “dog flipping,” and it’s when thieves steal or sometimes adopt dogs in order to sell them for profits. If your dog has been stolen, check Craigslist and Pet Finder to see if he’s been listed for sale there.
Unfortunately, a best case scenario is rarely the scenario. In most cases, dog thieves are going to mistreat your dog. For some dogs, their lives are considerably changed after being stolen because they’re likely entering an abusive situation. People steal dogs for all sorts of nefarious reasons, including to kill them. Pet Finder lists the following as ways a stolen pet may be abused:
- Sold to research laboratories
- Fighters or bait in dog-fighting
- Breeders for puppy mills
- Meat for human consumption
- Fur for clothing and accessories
- Dissection Protective guard dogs
- Ritual sacrifice for satanic cults
- Sadistic acts
Sometimes, a stolen dog is surrendered to the pound. Perhaps the thief couldn’t sell the dog and didn’t want to keep up the costs of caring for him. Whatever the reason, stolen dogs sometimes show up in pounds weeks after a theft occurred. Make sure to check your local shelters often, and give them a photograph of your dog. Pound seizure happen when the law requires animal shelters to turn unwanted animals over to laboratories for experimentation. By checking in with pounds often, you can ensure this isn’t the fate of your dog should he be surrendered for any reason.
Dishonest people take dogs. They are unscrupulous, dangerous, and caring for your dog is not a top priority for them. Unfortunately, it’s due to this lack of morals that terrible, sometimes horrendous challenges await a stolen dog. Learn the dangers of pet theft, and use the knowledge you gain to educate others. This will help protect other dogs from the terrible fate of being stolen.