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Finding Stolen Dogs – Background Information

Updated: Jan 21, 2022

Finding Stolen Dogs – Background Information

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Finding Stolen Dogs – Background Information

Which dogs are at most risk to get stolen? Small dogs and puppies because they are easily transportable, but large dogs are stolen as well for guard dogs.

Included here are reasons for theft and where a thief can sell your dog so as to jog your mind as to possibilities as to who stole your dog.

  • Cult rituals

  • Dog fighting rings

  • Flea markets

  • Fur or clothing

  • Guard dogs

  • Impulsive stealing – a crime of opportunity

    • Keep your dog for themselves

    • Gift your dog to someone else

  • Meat for human consumption

  • Money

    • Auctions

    • Drug dealers or users

    • Experimentation

    • Universities

    • Government laboratories

    • Industries for research in the following fields:

      • Biomedical

      • Cosmetics

      • Chemical

  • People who don’t like how you are caring for your dog

  • Pet stores

  • Puppy mills (for breeding or to sell as puppies)

  • Prey for exotic animals

  • Protective or guard dogs

  • Revenge

  • Registered animal dealers (These are people who sell animals to the research facilities. Many do not care where the dogs come from.)

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Disclaimer: This article is for information only. It does not replace a consultation with a dog trainer, dog behavior consultant, or veterinarian and may not be used to diagnose or treat any conditions in your dog.

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