Barry Gearhart was devastated when his beloved pit bull has been stolen out of his truck in West Palm Beach, Fl. Titan was taken away a year ago. All this time, Mr. Gearhart has been searching for him. He never gave up hope. Every now and then, Barry would post Titan’s pictures on social media. The last time he did it, he received an unexpected comment. A volunteer at a local shelter recognized the dog. But there was one problem… Watch the full story and SHARE.
As a matter of fact, dognapping is on the rise all over the US. Dogs are baing stolen for a number of reasons. Purebreds are usually sold to pet stores, puppy mills, or breeders. Other dogs may be used in research facilities, or become a bait for dog fighting rings.
This is why it is impostant to follow these simple rules: keep your dog on a leash, don’t leave it unattended outside or in a car, lock your gate. A fence is not a problem for thieves, so the safest place to leave you dog when you’re not home is indoors, especially if your yard is visible from the street. Place a bell on the gate, to know if someone gets inside. Avoid signs like “Warning: Mastiffs,” because it may actually draw the attention of those seeking a particular breed. DO NOT talk to strangers about the value, bloodlines, training or special abilities of your pet. DO NOT put your pet’s name on his ID tag or display it on his dog house. A pet is much more likely to go to a stranger who calls him by name. Tying the dog up outside a store is also a bad idea. Stick to dog-friendly locations or take someone with you who can keep your dog company.
A dog tag is not enough. But an up-to-date microchip can provide absolute proof of ownership. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (Lord et al, July 15, 2009), dogs with microchips were returned to their owners over 52 percent of the time, as opposed to less than 22 percent for dogs without microchips.
If your pet was stolen, take immediate action. Report the crime to your local police or animal control officer. Also ask them to list your dog in the “stolen article” category on the FBI’s National Crime Information Center (NCIC).