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Jenny   Lancaster, VA

9/6/2011 6:04:19 AM

Excellent advice! What about pets stolen as bait for training dogs for dog fighting. This is a big problem in some areas that goes unrecognized.

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Randi   Houston, TX

9/5/2011 12:40:34 PM

Microchiping can be a waste. When my dog was stolen I sent flyers to 90 vets in the area. All of the ones I talked to told me they do not scan for a microchip if someone comes in with a pet that is new to the client and/or the vet. So if someone steals or finds your dog and decides they want to keep them a vet will not scan for a microchip. Only if the dog is taken in by someone and they are looking for the owner will they scan. Also when placing ads in newspapers be sure and put the amount of the reward if you are offering one. Just saying reward leaves the person who has your dog wondering if it's $50, $100 or what. If you can afford a substanial reward is best and state the amount. When they call and say they have your dog only meet them at a public place and never your home. They may not have your dog at all and are only out to rob you of the reward money.

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Lisa R.   Rochester, NY

9/2/2011 11:06:14 AM

These are wonderful ideas, Our dog is one to go on the defensive if approached and will bite. Though this is not a great trait, it is one that keeps us safe and others from coming to close. I wouldn't trade him for the world. >Tookie's Momma...

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Brodi   Sherwood Park, AB

9/2/2011 7:55:05 AM

Ok, All of the advice in the article makes sense, but I have one question, and a bit of a issue with the "Don't tell people where you live" part. My mom runs a dog grooming business from home, so people kind of HAVE to know where we live. She went to school last year to get certification, and is in the process of getting started so she can eventually go Store-front......SO does anyone what any suggestions if this is the case??

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BEAGLE MOM   G-VILLE, WV

9/1/2011 8:59:13 PM

HOW AWEFUL! THIS JUST MAKES ME SO ANGRY!!!! I AM RIGHT THERE WITH YOU ANN FROM NV, AND AMBER FROM MS!! THANKFULLY OUR PETS ARENT HOME ALONE HARDLY EVER, EITHER; AND PEOPLE REALLY ARE PATHETIC AND CRUEL. NO WONDER I LOVE MY DOGS AND HORSES SO MUCH!! MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE NO CHILDREN SO OUR 6 DOGS, AND 2 HORSES, ARE OUR CHILDREN. THEY MEAN THE WORLD TO US AND WE WOULD DO ANYTHING TO PROTECT THEM! ITS NOT SUCH A BAD THING AFTER ALL THAT OUR DOGS BARK LIKE CRAZY WHEN SOMEONE COMES AROUND. IM NOW ACTUALLY GLAD THEY DO. BUT AS FOR MY HORSES, THERE'S NO WAY FOR THEM TO LET ME KNOW OF ANYONE WHO SHOULDNT BE AROUND. HORSE THEIVES ARE STILL OUT THERE, EVERYWHERE, ALONG WITH ALL THESE INCREASING DOG THEIVES. I THINK MY HORSES DEFINITELY NEED MICROCHIPS, SINCE THEY ARENT ABLE TO NOTIFY ME LIKE MY DOGS CAN, WHEN PEOPLE COME AROUND. ALONG WITH PUTING SIGNS UP ALONG OUR PROPERTY TO WARN POTENTIAL THEIVES OF THE PERMANANT IDENTIFICATION THEY HAVE. IF A PERSON STEALS ANYTHING, THEY SHOULD HAVE THEIR HAND(S) CUT OFF.....ISNT THAT IN THE CODE OF
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Ann   las vegas, NV

9/1/2011 8:34:06 PM

Our pups are with us 95% of the time. If anyone tried to steal them we would be jailed for what we would do to them. No thief would attempt it if they were smart.

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Eliza   Plymouth, ME

9/1/2011 4:04:46 PM

Wow! If My Lucy ever got stolen I would be devastated. She is My world!

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Caryl   Los Angeles, CA

9/1/2011 2:52:36 PM

I'm a dog trainer in Los Angeles. Several years ago just a few hours after I had seen a client with a Boston Terrier puppy, he was stolen from her car. I felt so terrible and tried to help, only to find that the information I had was mainly on dogs who were lost, not ones who were stolen. As a result, I wrote what I thought was going to be an article on what to do if your dog gets stolen. It turned out to be a booklet, and it's on my Website here.
http://doggiemanners.com/art_finding_stolen_dogs. html

Anyone is welcome to link to it, and I will provide a pdf file for those who would like to copy it in print. Many rescue and shelter organizations have both linked and asked for pdf's. The article needs to be updated to include social media on there, but the basic information is still the same. I would welcome any other suggestions that anyone else has to include in the revised article. Please send them to stolendogs@DoggieManners.com.


Dogs that are lost can have sightings many times in many places because they are on the move; dogs that are stolen are generally sighted only twice -- the place where they were stolen, and at the thief's house. That's why it's so difficult to find them. It's very sad that dognapping is on the rise. I would be devastated if my dogs were stolen. My next article will be on theft prevention.

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Bob   Orlando, FL

9/1/2011 2:51:38 PM

Also, have recent photos of your dog (full body shot) to show police. Most veterinary offices and pet stores have bulletin boards where you can post missing-dog flyers.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

8/30/2011 11:46:12 PM

My worst nightmare! And I my dog's too I would expect.

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Amber   Vancleave, MS

8/30/2011 11:06:12 AM

This is pathetic!! For us pet lovers (especially those of us without kids), having a pet of any kind taken from us would be like having our children taken! I just don't understand how people can steal (anything for that matter!)! It's just another sign of how cruel this world has become. As far as punishment for these crimes: what are the perps getting...a slap on the wrist, penalty fines, jailtime?! I FEAR for the person who ever tries to take my babies from me! I live in a small town where people take care of their own...and people still carry... :-)

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