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Stolen Dogs: How paranoid is too paranoid?

February 27, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

A story about dogs being stolen in Scott County caught my attention last week. Every once in a while you hear rumors of dogs being stolen, but they always seemed to be just that, rumors. But this news story makes me wonder what is going on. Stealing a dog from a backyard is one thing, but breaking into a home to steal one?

I know that some Class “B” dealers will steal dogs to sell to testing labs, but I can’t imagine them stealing a pet right from a person’s home. That would put them a little too far over the gray line into possible jail time territory. However, I recently read a story in the paper where a police officer mentioned that a stolen dog was likely sold on eBay. eBay? Yup. Apparently, this is a new (or not so new?) way for people to make easy cash. How horrible. Yet another reason to dislike eBay’s Classifieds.

News like this makes pet owners like me feel a little paranoid. I don’t know about you, but I am almost always with my dogs when they are outside. I feel better knowing I can see where they are while they take care of their business. But, now I am considering adding a padlock to both gates. What do you think? Am I being too paranoid?

  1. Sam
    February 27, 2012 at 7:15 AM

    I don’t think so – we’ve had those stories here in AZ on and off over the years. Valuable show dogs stolen, ex’s taking revenge, etc. The scariest ones for me are the thefts of retrievers as bait dogs. That happened about ten years ago here. We didn’t let our Golden’s out of our sight!

    Why take a chance on it happening? I always go out with them.


    • Kat
      April 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      ABSOLUTELY CRAZY to steal someone’s beloved, adored…fuzzy best friend. Are you kidding me?? Sell it on EBAY??OMG are people this sick ??. I always wonder it a state like Arizona announced that they are coming down hard on crime and anyone that goes into someones house and takes anything thing… than you will forgo the trial you get the electric chair would that end the crazies and psychos once and for all! . I’m not talking about some kids talking a rose out of your yard or something silly a kid might do. But adults doing this sort of this is demented. I bet if one state even announced that they are thinking about doing this …you would see crime drop like a rock.

      • Mel
        April 2, 2012 at 9:42 PM

        Yikes! Well, that is one way to stop it I guess. I agree though, it is very sad to think people do this. Sadly, I just saw a reward offered for a Boxer puppy that was stolen from his yard just this past weekend. 😦

  2. February 27, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    I also don’t think you’re being too careful. I would love to have a doggy door so Honey could go out and sun herself on a nice day. But all it takes is one wicked person and she’d be gone. It’s not like she’s wary of strangers.

    A theft might never happen but just imagine how you’d feel it it happened.

  3. February 27, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Hell no! Put the padlocks up!! Double lock them. We are set back far from the road and while I don’t go out with them, they aren’t out long before I go looking for them.

    I do admit I worry a tad bit when we are walking off leash if one of them gets out of my site, which is why I quickly call them back.

    I worry more about them being used as bait dogs than anything else.

  4. February 27, 2012 at 1:07 PM

    When it comes to the safety of you and your family I agree with the others in that you can’t be too careful. Perhaps it’s just because I’ve always lived in a city but I don’t think I could ever leave my dog completely unattended outside. Though there are enough dogs available for free on the Internet that I doubt anyone would take my dog, you just never know. Especially if dog fighting is a problem in your area.

  5. February 27, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    I think a padlock would be a good idea….better safe than sorry, especially when it comes to pets that you love.

  6. February 27, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    You’ve scared the living crap out of me! Stolen to be sold on eBay for a few bucks???? How low can you go???

    Our Best Friend would probably go off with anyone holding a leash, but thankfully anyone who hears him bark ain’t gonna make that assumption! Still, next time we’re at the vet, he will be micro-chipped!

  7. February 27, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Nope, I never let Rumpy or DeDe outside without my going with them, even in our fenced yard. There’s no end to what people will do to make a couple of bucks.

  8. February 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Completely agree. We always keep an eye on the dogs when they are out or I’m out there with them. I don’t think you can ever be too cautious.

  9. February 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    If we get our back yard fenced (which I hope can happen later this year) it will definitely be padlocked. Not so much because I fear someone stealing our dogs, although that does concern me, but more because I don’t trust our neighbor kids or meter readers trying to get in the yard and then not closing the gates correctly. I’ve heard too many horror stories of Greyhounds getting out of yards that people thought were closed, only to find that someone left a gate open.

    Kuster does get a lot of looks, though. Actually, all of our dogs do. I would never leave them outside when I couldn’t be with them for a lot of reasons. One, because the puppy wonder seems to me like he might become an escape artist (canine MacGyver anyone) and he and Morgan like to play a little too rough sometimes. Call me crazy, I just don’t trust people!

  10. March 4, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    i’m pretty sure that if anyone stole desmond, they would return him within the hour, because only i’m crazy enough to put up with this much whining and farting. 🙂

  11. March 10, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    My dogs were stolen from my car, way back in May 2006. In was in a busy Marks and Spencers car park, with camera’s and security guards!!! I was one of the lucky dog owners who got my dogs back. Always be careful we live in a very sad world, not that long ago it would have been unthinkable that anyone would steal your dog. The story of Gizmo and Widgets theft and how we got them back is on http://www.VetsGetScanning.co.uk Keep safe.

    • Mel
      March 10, 2012 at 7:40 AM

      Oh wow Debbie. So glad you got them back. That is scary.

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