How To Prevent Your Dog From Being Snatched And Stolen When Out And About
As a prepper it is easy to see the benefits of having a dog, both as a companion and for added protection. But what would happen if that dog was stolen, never to be seen again? Could you prevent dog theft of this type?
Unfortunately dog snatching is becoming a major concern here in the UK, up a staggering 170% from 2019.
A high proportion of these thefts are from right under their owners nose! When out and away from their home. So would you know how to prevent you dog from being snatched and stolen when out and about?
As a result of the sharp rise in demand for dogs, puppies in particular, during the Covid pandemic, and the subsequent rise in their prices, your average criminal is seeing dog theft as an easy way to make a lot of money.
Despite various animal protection groups campaigning by putting pressure on the government, these callous thieves still continue. There are, however, some very important steps that all owners should take to help keep their dogs as safe as possible, especially when out, while continuing with the daily routines that keep them all happy and healthy.
Common Sense Rules To Prevent Dog Thefts
- Do not leave your dog tied up outside a shop, regardless how safe the area seems. You are basically making them a open target for the opportunist thief.
- Never leave your dog unattended in a car at any time – not only from a wellbeing perspective, as they can very quickly overheat and die, but thieves can easily smash a window, break into a vehicle and snatch your dog in seconds
- Avoid letting them off the lead, especially if you are not certain they will come straight back to you. If you have any doubts, simply buy and train them on a long lead, or long line and even more so if you are in an unfamiliar area your in and where your dog can quite easily get lost.
- Always have an emergency SOS shortcuts to the police and vets on your mobile phone
Essential Requirements To Prevent Dog Thefts
What To Do If Your Your Dog Gets Snatched And Stolen
- Don't panic and take action immediately:
If your dog is stolen, dial 999. Insist that police record the theft. It is not just a lost animal, but as an actual theft and get a crime reference number.
- If you dog is microchipped - Report the theft to the microchip database, that way if anyone tries to re-register the chip number, you must be contacted and informed before anything can be changed.
- Report the theft directly to the local council’s dog warden officer.
Also mark a report to all other neighbouring local authorities and their relevant officers.
- Contact all local and surrounding areas vets surgeries making them fully aware of your dog. The thief may take your dog in for treatment
- Make a report to the missing animal websites – unfortunately there is no single national missing animals database, this means more work for you as you will have to inform them all individually, that way it will ensure a widespread appeal
Safehaus Self Defence Spray and Anti Dog Theft Spray
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