I was talking with my Parents yesterday, and my dad mentioned that 2 of his 3 dogs had been stolen recently. He lives in a small rural community in
Michigan, about 3 hours north of Detroit.
Now, he is retired and spends most of his day at home doing wood working and such. And his dogs are with him 99% of the time. So, the thieves had to
have taken them on one of the rare occasions when my parents went into town to get groceries or went to visit my siblings. The only reason the one dog
is still with them is because they take that one wherever they go.
I researched a little on the web, couldn’t really find anything recent with regards to this situation. But late last year, there were a few news
items that stated people were stealing pets and selling them to research facilities or dog breeders in order to get money to survive. The other
reasons that people are taking them are to see if the owner posts a reward and to train them for dog fights.
I guess the economy is so bad in that area that they don’t even care if the dog has a tag identifying it as a person’s pet. They just take it
Two things I am wondering about with the above scenario.
One, what good is the micro chip if you can’t track the dog after he is stolen? I read one scenario on line that stated the owners of a pet that was
stolen had it returned to them 6 years later when a kennel scanned the chip and informed them they had their dog. The couple went and immediately
picked up the animal, so, obviously, they are animal lovers and would have tried to find the dog when it was first stolen. Which means they were
unable to trace it at the time by using the chip?
Two, what kind of person takes a family owned pet instead of the many strays that run wild out there? I mean, I realize it’s easier, but don’t
they have any compassion for the owner of the dog they are about to take? I understand trying to feed your family, but, out by my dad’s house, there
are plenty of animals that are homeless running the streets that they could take. I don’t understand the need to steal an animal anyways, plenty of
other ways to make money.
I am unsure if my links to the articles I found will work. So, if you search “pet theft” you will get quite a few. They are from 2011, but still
very valid as my dad just had this happen to him. Also, I will try to check back in on this thread, but I am going to be very busy for the next few
days, so, I might not be able to respond to any one as quickly as I would like. But I will check this thread as often as I can.
Wanted to know what your experiences/opinions are on this matter.