Over the past year, our state has experienced a record number of dogs lost in an area covering several counties. Dogs were disappearing from their fenced in yards as well as apparently being taken right off of their owner’s lawns. While losing a pet under any circumstances is heartbreaking at the very least, having one kidnapped is even more so. Keep in mind, they are probably not being taken as potential pets, but far more likely they’re being sold as bait dogs for dog fighting rings or to laboratories for research.
None of us could begin to imagine the despair we would feel in this situation, but sadly, two people I know were recently put in that position. One friend let her 3 dogs out first thing in the morning as was their routine, but only one came back. This all took place in only a matter of minutes and without anyone; neighbors, law enforcement or animal control ever seeing anything. She put up posters all over the county without a single call back.
Another friend was gardening with her puppy in a very quiet neighborhood without any through traffic, when the pup just disappeared. She noticed right away and did all the right things; called law enforcement and animal control as well as notified all her neighbors immediately. Her dog was found by law enforcement in the middle of a town, several miles from her home and only minutes after having disappeared; dirty and banged up and with her tags ripped off of her collar. ( Much later, we were able to figure out that she must have jumped from the vehicle, as she could have never made it that far, that quickly). Due to a series of communication errors, the dog was impounded (oddly enough, in her vet’s kennel and without being recognized) for 4 days before she was notified. Apparently the officer who picked up the dog never passed that information along to anyone else, so in spite of my friend’s daily calls, she wasn’t getting the correct information. The vets also said that the dogs’ microchip failed, something that isn’t entirely unheard of and that they weren’t able to identify her. I also had an experience where the chip had slipped down the dog’s leg, so be aware that there’s also room for human error as well.
Dog fighting rings are rampant across the country and support the abuse of animals on a widespread basis; from the fighting dogs themselves, to the bait dogs & to the helpless litters of puppies and kittens the owners use to teach the dogs to kill. It’s disgusting and illegal but it requires that everyone be just a little suspicious and nosy about the goings on around them and to report any activity that raises questions; that’s the only way citizens can help eradicate this cruel practice.
So what can we learn from this information and most importantly, how can we keep our pets safe?
Micro-chip your pet
Always have current information on collars and tags
Keep you pet under supervision as much as humanly possible; that includes people who tie their dogs up when they go into a store or those who leave them in an unlocked car.
And lastly, don’t ever assume that you’re pet is safe, just because you live in a “good” neighborhood.
I hope that you can take away something constructive from this article and I really hope you and your pets stay safe. Please click on this link and help save the pittie in the photo below..