Have a pedigree dog or a cute breed? Then, you could well have pet ‘blues.’ Of course, not everyone’s dog gets stolen by thieves, but there is a rising number of dog thefts in the city. And the main targets happen to be the super-cute breeds or the amiable breeds of dogs that can be bred for puppies. In fact, the city has seen a rise in the number of sales of pedigree dogs, and the trend has been booming all through the pandemic. And this very fact has given rise to thefts by illegal breeders, say the police.
Most wanted on the list happen to be Labradors, huskies, small breeds like poodles, Shihtzu, Lhasa apso, and cocker spaniels. Recently, a german shepherd was stolen from its owner in Santosh Nagar, who came on a two-wheeler. The owner took to social media and sought the help of police, who managed to track the dog.
Yet another owner from Yusufguda was not so lucky. His dog was stolen, and he has no clue who or how it was stolen. According to Pradeep Nair of Animal Warriors Conservation Society, illegal breeders are mainly targeting homes in order to steal well-trained, well-mannered, and pedigree dogs so that they can breed them and sell their puppies. Such puppies fetch a good price, and it is a lucrative business. Unfortunately, none of them are registered with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), and the stolen dogs are kept in unclean, deplorable condition till they breed. Once their breeding age is over, the dogs are simply let off.
The police say that the dog thieves are not interested in breeds such as Pomeranians or Indian Spitz. In fact, Labradors are much in demand as they are docile.
A few steps to ensure your pet stays with you – a) ID tag your pet b) Micro-chipping helps as well c) Make sure to lock all doors and windows if you ever leave your pet home alone d) Teach the pet to return to you in case they meet friendly strangers.