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Dognapper! How Safe Is Your Dog?

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Is your puppy safe?

Ever since we adopted our Boston Terrier puppy, one of the biggest concerns we have had is the fear of our precious little dog being stolen by a dognapper.

It’s amazing how the mind works because I seem to be finding lot’s of dognapper stories lately and they are from all over the world. It started when I read the AKC findings which stated that dognapping has increased and Boston Terriers are listed as the fourth most stolen breed (Yorkshire Terrier was number 1).

Then I found dognapper stories from Albany where puppies and full grown dogs have gone missing with the Special Report: Dognapping title for added drama.

There are stories from my country, Australia where a dognapper stole a dog from the RSPCA shelter in Canberra and a story from Melbourne where Barking Pups Dodge Dognapping.

The stories from China and Thailand where they are battling a dognapping crime wave are the most disturbing with a dognapper group not only stealing stray dogs but are now targeting pet owners and stealing their dogs to be shipped into Southern China and Vietnam to be sold and served in restaurants. I kid you not.

Why Dogs Are Stolen And How You Could Be At Risk

Maybe we’re just being silly and paranoid but we love our Stelly very much so the fear of losing her to a dognapper is too much to think about and when you really step back and look at things it really isn’t as common as the media leads us to believe, there isn’t a dognapper lurking around every corner …

But, whilst dognapping may not be so common there are a few things that put Boston Terrier and purebred owners at a higher risk:

  • Dogs are stolen for profit
    Purebred puppies can be very expensive (although worth every cent) as they often come from breeders producing a show dog and also due to the cost of vet bills (especially is the puppies are born via caesarian). If the wrong person knows what they cost they could steal the puppy to sell for a profit.
  • People Think Stelly Is A French Bulldog
    Most people in Australia have no idea what a Boston Terrier is and Stelly is usually mistaken for a French Bulldog. This makes me a little worried as the Frenchies are even more expensive and people know that.
  • Boston Terriers Rock
    People here may not know what breed our dog is but everyone thinks she is a very cool dog and that really is universal with Boston Terriers. What happens if you ride around town on a really cool bike and then leave it out for the night? Yep, don’t expect it to be there in the morning.
  • Small dogs are easily hidden
    Stelly is very small and placid so she would be hidden easily unlike a big dog which would be quite obvious
  • Boston Terriers are rare in Australia
    In Australia it’s very hard to find Boston Terriers and you are often on a waiting list with a breeder for months if not years, some people might not want to wait and could steal your puppy instead.
  • Fighting – not likely with a Boston Terrier, they will probably just smother the other dog with kisses but other breeds like Pit Bulls are stolen to fight.

Think I’m really going crazy now?

Here are some of those dognapping stories I’ve found:

Dognapper Reports From Across The Globe

Storified by Elise Rochelle · Mon, Apr 30 2012 16:20:29

Pet Owners Beware: Dognapper on the Rise CLEVELAND – Shocking new numbers from the American Kennel Club (AKC) reveal an increase in dognapper cases across the country. "I would …
Daisy a victim of a dog-napper from RSPCAAn apparent dog-napping from a secure drop-off facility on the weekend has baffled the RSPCA and left a 12-year-old girl distraught. Poli…
Dognapper for cash, or hotpots Beijing dog owners have accused gangs of professional dognappers of stealing their pets for money. A number of residents in different dow…
Dognapping For Meat Growing in Thailand | Care2 CausesMar 19, 2012 … Pet dogs are being snatched in increasing numbers to feed the restaurant trade in dog meat elsewhere in South-East Asia.
Thailand battles a dog-napping crime wave | World News BlogFeb 12, 2012 … Over the last five months, the Thai border police have made a series of spectacular animal seizures in the north east….
Special Report: Dognapping: Nearly two million pets are stolen each year, but only 10% are returned. And it seem… Vizsla
DOGNAPPED! Litters of puppies stolen. £1000 ransoms. Inside …Aug 30, 2011 … What a great relief to hear that Alfie, the 16-week-old King Charles Spaniel stolen in West Bromwich earlier this mont…

Reducing The Risk Of Your Dog Being Stolen

To put my mind at ease I’ve researched a few things that you can do to make it harder for those rare dognappers of the world to get to your pet:

  • If your dog is outside when you aren’t at home try and prevent them being seen from the street.
  • If people start gushing over your dog and asking questions be careful how you answer. Don’t tell them where you live, how much your dog costs (I stupidly did this the other day … oops) or that they are left alone.
  • Don’t leave your dog outside a store – a friend of mine tied her puppy to a pole outside a butcher and the pup got really anxious and managed to slip out of her harness. Luckily a friendly person picked her up and held her until my friend returned.
  • Make sure your dog is micro chipped. That way if the dog is taken to a vet they will discover the real owner

All Worry For Nothing?

Well now that I’ve researched this and thought of ways to prevent my puppy being stolen I don’t feel so paranoid.

Chances are I will never have to face this situation but taking the above actions is like taking out insurance. You’ll probably never need it but if you don’t do anything about it you could be kicking yourself later if you don’t.

Have you had your dog stolen by a dognapper?

Is this a fear for you or do you think it’s just a whole lot of media hype about nothing?
Share your stories and thoughts in the comments below.

Elise Sorge

I laid eyes on my first Boston Terrier whilst living in a rustic cabin in Canada and was immediately smitten. I created Boston Terriers Rock for people like myself who love the unique style and character of Boston Terriers so we can connect and share our knowledge, experience and fun of our quirky Bostons. Read more about my story.

  • Sara

    3 May 2012 at 6:52 am Reply

    Great article. Here in the States I have heard reports of Bostons being used as bait dogs to train pit pulls to fight. It’s so disgusting it makes me sick to my stomach. GREAT article on keeping the doggies safe! I always joke that we have two guard dogs, but in reality they lick first, bark later. 🙂

    • Elise Rochelle

      3 May 2012 at 7:07 am Reply

      Thanks Sara 🙂

      That is horrific! They are the most beautiful and loving dogs it makes me want to cry at the though of them being used as bait. People that are caught doing that should be punished by being the Pit Bull bait!

      Lick first, bark later – love it

      • Sara

        3 May 2012 at 7:32 am Reply

        I can’t get over how cute Stelly is. Boston babies are so adorable. 🙂

        • Elise Rochelle

          3 May 2012 at 7:39 am Reply

          Thanks 🙂 She’s getting big now! Growth spurt I think.
          You should create a profile so we can see pics of your BT’s

          • Sara

            3 May 2012 at 8:17 am

            I do have a profile, but I need to post some pics (I do have the one of my BT in his winter coat 🙂 ). I will do it soon!

          • Elise Rochelle

            3 May 2012 at 9:09 am

            Oh of course! Sorry Sara 🙂

  • Kylie

    27 February 2013 at 10:39 am Reply

    Thanks for the great post! Since we got our puppy back in September I worry a lot about thieves. Everywhere we go with Archie people think he is a Frenchie and that worries me as they are even more expensive as BTs! Archie is in a crate when we aren’t home and I always pull the blinds across so no once can see him if they peered in the window! Horrible people out there, isn’t there 🙁

    • elise

      22 April 2013 at 10:56 pm Reply

      Hi Kylie,

      Yes we get the same thing with people thinking Stelly is a Frenchie and it worries us too though more people are recognising the breed now which is cool. We are a bit more relaxed now that she’s older and she barks when strangers approach the house now so don’t worry, soon Archie will scare them away.

  • Greta

    13 May 2013 at 4:24 am Reply

    This is good to know. I live in Estonia and BTs are pretty rare, although by law, all dogs in Tallinn (the capital) must be micro-chipped (cats too) and have ID if outside. I think micro-chipping is definitely worthwhile and everyone should do it. I will be a bit more savvy now when I discuss about my dog! Thanks for the tips! 🙂

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