Brought to you by D.A.W.G. (Dog Advisory Work Group)
It’s happening all over the U.S. And stolen pets may be used in horrible, unimaginable ways. It’s even a "business!" You can protect your pets from theft by following a few simple rules:
• NEVER leave your pet tied outside a store, even if you think you have your eye on then pet. It takes about ten seconds to grab a pet whose leash is tied to a pole or fence. (It’s also illegal to tie a pet on the public way.)
• DO NOT leave your pet alone in your car, even if it is locked. Pets have disappeared from cars and never been seen again. (Air circulation and temperature are factors, too.)
• DO NOT leave your pet alone in an unlocked back yard. Even if you have locks on your gate, it is still possible for someone to steal your pet – and it’s been done.
• NEVER allow your pets (dogs or cats) to roam streets and alleys unattended. ALWAYS keep your pet on a leash in your hand in a public area – it’s the law. It’s too easy for someone to jump out of a car, grab your off-leash pet and drive off. Leashing your dog protects your dog, other people and dogs and lessens your liability in case of problems.
• ALWAYS make sure that you leave your pet in the care of someone who is as careful about your pet’s welfare as you would be. Insist they abide by the above rules.
Always report pet theft to the police: call 311 to file a police report (or 911 if it’s in progress).