Dog owners are being warned, dog thefts rise during the summer. In the UK, the Country Landowners Association (CLA) is issuing a warning because of it.
Last year, more than 200 dogs was being stolen across eastern England, and CLA fears that dog thefts are on the rise.
Thankfully, sometimes the dogs are found safe, like Murphy, a black cockapoo from Scotland.
But sadly, that is an exception, most dogs are not returned to their owners. The animals can be sold quite quickly and are not always easy to trace.
Perhaps in the future, microchips can be used to track dogs?
You might also ask yourself how serious the police take these thefts? Sure, they will at times do their best, but it will not get the same attention as a human kidnapping.
The worst part of it all, what is the fate of the stolen dogs? You might not wan’t to think about it, but it is a cruel world after all and according to the police, some of the dogs are used for dog fighting!
Dog thefts rise during the summer
And the summer is the worst time, its so easy to let your dog run free when on a walk in the sun, but you should always keep an eye out for it! Don’t lose sight!
Crimes can happen when you least expect it, and many dog thieves are hardened criminals that know what they are doing.
Most stolen dogs
Dog thefts rise and most breeds are in danger, but some more than others. The most stolen dog breeds in the UK are the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the Labrador. Some are sold as pets, some for breeding and some even for dog fighting! It truly is a sad world.
But what to do if your dog is stolen?
Your worst nightmare, what to do if your dog is stolen? The CLA are recommending that you report it to the police immediately. Then you should also check local animal rescue centers. People also have had luck using social media like Facebook and Twitter.
The old ways of circulating posters may also work. Just don’t give up.