If you tie the dog to a lamppost, coffee shop, bike racks or outside the restaurant do not leave the dog unattended. People steal dogs to try to make money, hoping to collect a reward, resale the dog, if the dog is not spayed or neutered may be sold to puppy mills, or sold to dog fighting rings. Be sure you microchip your dog that is a permanent identification for your dog protection.
If someone were to steal your dog call the police and file a report, call the animal control and file a report. Also, check to see if there were any witnesses who might have seen someone pick up your dog. Post photos of your dog, flyers, Post on facebook right away.
Here are helpful sites: homeagain.com petfbi.org akcreunite.org Pet owners watch out for scam artists who demand reward money before they return the dog.
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