Do your dog walkers hold bullets to protect your dogs? Neither of us wants to think that we or our dog walkers could be put in that position but that’s exactly what happened to Lady Gaga’s dog walker.
Lady Gaga’s Dog Walkers, Ryan Fisher a close family friend was taking the dog for a walk when many people got out of the car and started attacking him. In footage shared by CNN and other news agenciesFisher can be heard fighting back and trying to keep Lady Gaga’s French Bulls away from the hounds when he is shot in the chest. Two of the dogs were stolen while a third Asian Miss was found by Lady Gaga’s bodyguard.
Thankfully, Fisher survived the attack and was expected to recover and the dogs, Gustav and Koji did recuperate.
As a dog breeder, one of my worst nightmares is being bitten by a dog and I’m obsessed with the safety of my own dog, but I’m still worried. How do you prevent dognapping? What can you do if your dog is stolen and how can you get back a stolen dog? Are certain breeds of dogs or dogs more likely to be kept in captivity than others? Here’s what dog parents need to know about keeping dogs.
Was popular dognapping?
The story of Lady Gaga’s dogs being stolen is particularly frightening and, unfortunately, not as rare as you might think. Earlier this year a The San Francisco woman was robbed with a gun and her French bulldog was taken from her.
An estimated two million pets are stolen each year in the United States. And it is believed that the rate of dog keeping is increasing due to the increasing demand for dogs and puppies during the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Dog Club, tracks cases of dog thefts from their National Pet Theft Database, has seen a 31 percent increase in the number of stolen dogs in recent years, with new stolen dogs reported daily from communities across the country.
Why dognappings happen?
Dog theft occurs for a variety of reasons, and dogs can change hands multiple times after being stolen, making it even more difficult for them to locate. Thieves often steal dogs in the hope of making money from them. This could be someone looking to collect a reward, or something even more cruel.
The intact dogs (hairless or hairless canines) can be sold to the pup or backyard breeders, small dogs or dogs of expensive, universal breeds. The variable can be resold or the dogs can be sold to the dog arena for martial arts or bait dogs.
Based on FBI Pets, some of the top mini dogs targeted for monetization include Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranians, vine and Chihuahua, when Pit Bulls, Boston Terrier, German Shepherd Dog and Boxer become a victim of an airborne ring theft. Over the past few years NYC has seen an increase in dognappings in small dogs cash back. This is sometimes referred to as a “dog release” where people will take or even respond to ads for lost dogs and then resell those dogs for a profit. If your dog has been stolen, contact law enforcement in your local area immediately.
How can you keep your dog safe?
Never leave your dog unattended in public places or in your yard. Unattended dogs are an easy target for thieves. Do not leave your dog in public. If you are doing chores that are not dog-friendly, leave the dog at home.
Be proactive about reporting. Hopefully your dog never goes missing, but you need to prove it belongs to you if it does. Microchip your dog and make sure your contact information is up to date with your microchip company. Thieves can remove collars and tags, but microchips are a form of permanent identification for your dog.
Hire professionals when it comes to pet care providers. While we can only hope that our dog shepherds and sitters will be protected like Gaga and actually take a bullet to protect our dogs, but in reality The most important thing is to make sure that we hire skilled and experienced professionals. In recent years, there have been a number high-end case of the the dog is missing in the care of a dog sitter – and never seen again. Hire only responsible, insured and trusted pet care providers and always check references before hiring a walker, daycare or babysitter.
Be wary of overly curious strangers. Be careful with your dog’s information. Sometimes dog hunters will try to determine how much a dog is worth and whether or not they will be killed before catching them. Distract and avoid answering detailed questions from strangers – especially about your dog’s price.
What to do if someone steals your dog
Get help. Call your local police and animal control right away. Submit a police report.
Talk to people. Try to find any witnesses who may have seen the kidnapping happening. This will help you and the police get information about who has been or has raised your dog. Distribute current, clear photos of your dog in an instant.
Research and use all available resources. Search for lost groups and find locally online and on Facebook. Other useful sites include:
Contact the media. Social media sites like Facebook are a means of spreading information about lost or stolen dogs. Don’t forget to get in touch with local media – the press, TV and radio – to try to increase coverage of your dog’s disappearance.
Protect yourself. People with a missing dog are even more vulnerable. I can’t even imagine how desperate I would be if something happened to one of my dogs – I wanted to do everything and anything in my power to bring them back. .
Better business room Warn pet owners to watch out for bounty scammers before they return the missing dog.
For example, someone calling saying they are a long distance truck driver who found your dog out of state and asked for money to bring your dog back to your state or Someone says they need money to buy plane tickets and a crate to transport your lost dog. the dog is back.
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