With the growing number of puppy snatching cases in the US, many state like Texas, California and Delaware have decided to pass a legislation that would address the menace. Although California and Delaware have considered regulating the illegal sell of roadside animals, the Texas legislature is contemplating making pet theft a felony.
However, in case you are thinking why would someone steal a pet after all let me tell you that these doggies can fetch up to $10,000. The snatchers make money either through ransom or by simply selling them off to unquestioning, gullible customers at exorbitant rates.
Take a look at some of the ways that can prevent you from falling prey to pet snatchers:
- You shouldn’t leave your pet outside for a long time without supervision.
- Be careful while taking your dog out for walks. Avoid divulging too much information about him to strangers.
- It’s not advisable to leave him alone in a car because apart from posing serious health hazards a parked car can also draw the attention of snatchers.
- Some of us are into the habit of tying them outside stores when we go shopping. We should avoid doing this as it can give invitation to snatchers waiting for the prowl.
But despite taking all the precautions, if you still lose your pet what are the ways in which you will can recover him:
- Equip your dog with a microchip collar and always keep your contact information updated with your microchip recovery service provider.
- If you think your pet has been stolen call the police and immediately register a missing complaint. You may also contact the animal control officer in the area. In case your pet has a microchip fitted to his collar you should post the unique serial number along with his description in the ‘stolen article’ section of the National Crime Information Center for better results.
- You should carry recent photographs of your doggy with you. Also have an accessible web account through which you can distribute information and photographs of your pet in case of emergency.
- You can also ask the TV and radio stations to air information about your missing doggy.
However, all these factors notwithstanding, you should exercise adequate caution while purchasing pets.
- Check on the breeders before purchasing the pets.
- Never buy pets from roadside sellers, newspaper ads or the internet. Chances are that they might be stolen dogs.
A little bit of awareness on our part can not only save us the hassle but also give our pets a safe and secured life.