Watch Out for Dog Thefts

Dog Thefts are on the Rise in Vegas

Dog thefts are on the rise here in Las Vegas and across the nation. The prime season for dog-snatching is soon approaching, as the instances of dog-napping increases during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It seems the sluggish economy is to blame for this phenomenon, and pet owners everywhere are encouraged to be on guard so they can protect their furry friend.

More and more people are looking for a canine to protect them from ever-increasing crime levels. Ironically, these same individuals don’t want to pay an adoption fee, so they resort to crime themselves. Other dog-snatchers steal canine companions with the hopes that the owner will offer a reward. If that’s the case they will “stumble” upon the dog and cash in on the owner’s generosity.

During the Christmas season, dog-snatchers will prey on unattended animals in an effort to “find” a gift for a family member. Among the most-stolen breeds are Pomeranian, Labrador retriever, English bulldog, and Shih Tzu. Brown and white dogs are more likely to be stolen than dogs of any other color combination.

In order to protect your companion animal, try never to leave your dog unattended in a car. Microchipping is unlikely to help, as dog thieves are not concerned with tracking an original owner and therefore will not take the animal to be scanned. Your best course of action is to leave your dog at home unless you are traveling with a buddy who will help supervise and protect your furry friend.

Another common reason is a domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend either because of bonding that happened or as a revenge mechanism.  If you have been accused of stealing a dog, laws pertaining to theft apply and you likely will need a criminal defense attorney in Las Vegas.