The STOLEN Dog
The reasons pets are stolen:
resale- if it is a desirable breed or is unique in some way
An individual has an interest in the pet
to hurt or cause the pet owner distress
NOTE: Any animal that is off the pet owner's property is considered stray. Even pets picked up on the street in front of their own home will not be considered stolen in legal terms. Keep
this in mind.
In fact, a stolen pet used to be among
the rarest of situations in the missing pet industry. Of the hundreds of cases that I was involved with in 2005 and 2006,
only five were truly stolen pets. That all changed in 2007.
value of "pocket pups" has continued to escalate; the supply and demand for these designer dogs is not equal. Until
recently, the demand far outnumbered the supply. In many metropolitan cities, robberies and home invasions now include
the theft of small toy dogs. From a pet shop held up in California, to home invasions for pups in the Midwest, the number
of cases of small dogs stolen is on the rise.
a stolen dog?
"For a pet to be considered stolen it must
be removed bodily from its own property or property that belongs to its owner in much the same way that a stereo or car is
A dog or cat outside its property is legally considered
stray and the laws protecting the pet owner in the case of someone taking the animal from a public place or on the property
of another vary from state to state. So be careful with this definition when talking to law enforecment. If someone has picked
up your dog on the street, even if they know this is your dog, legally they have picked up a stray and the law is very gray
on the protocol for this from state to state, city to city.
some states the police will become actively involved in a true stolen pet case while in other locations the local law enforcement
may feel possession is 9/10's of the law.