Protect Your Pooch! Dog Thefts Are Up 32 Percent

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — If you’re one of millions of dog owners in the Los Angeles area, be sure to keep an eye on your beloved four-legged friend.

Dog thefts are up 32 percent this year, according to the American Kennel Club.

Stolen dogs are almost always resold, and are often used in laboratories or dog fights.

Pit bulls and other large breeds are stolen the most frequently. Purebreds are also at risk because thieves think they can get a lot of money for them.

However, without paperwork, purebreds are usually no more valuable than mixed breeds.

The AKC database of registered dogs show 224 pets have been stolen this year, compared to 255 for all of 2010.

  • Theresa357

    protect mans bestest friend. people drive around to steal dogs to sale to lab experiments because they too lazy to work. save a dog from the pound today. dogs have more loyalty then your wife or hubby. throw dog theives away for life . we need our dogs.

    • Sam

      Thankfully, I don’t take my dogs out much, but when I do, I live in a place where a carry a concealed. Touch my dogs, get your head shot off!

      • Jennifer Peterson

        pintobeans, give me a break That’s not what Sam was saying at all!.

      • Keith Martin

        Good man.

      • bestimmt

        Anyone who carries concealed is a friend of mine.

      • Julia

        Amen to that!

      • pintobeans

        So a small child pats your dog on the head and you would blow that child away. What a man!

      • frijole negro

        Today’s children who touch dogs are tomorrow’s adult terrorists.

      • Lonnie Fehr

        i agree . i also heard some dogs stolen like pit bulls etc are used by those to use to train there pit bull to fight and kill them ., also some will steal your dog , and just wait till you put up a reward sign for lost dog ,

    • bob

      +1 my friend

    • Scott

      I think you should be “thrown away for life”, for your horrible grammar alone.

      • samg42

        What is that smell ? Scott? Commie stink is all over you ….

    • Skeenah

      Stealing copper from abandoned houses, stealing a/c units from schools and Churchs, stealing manhole covers…all for money-these are hard times. Bet those enterprising folks are chowing on chicken fried pup right now-

      • Jennifer Peterson

        That’s disgusting. Thank you for sharing. :(

      • Fred

        They would be if they werent too lazy to cook for themselves.

    • Dan Stetson

      There are only two who give unconditional love: God and your dog.

      (Hmm! Is that why “dog” is “God” spelled backwards?”

      • KaD

        And that’s why a woman six months pregnant was murdered by her dog a few days ago? Unconditional love? I think dog is god spelled backwards because they’re treated like gods here in America. They’re our version of Indias sacred cows.

      • Huxley

        Only difference is that dogs are real.

    • Kevin


    • Bob O

      Theresa are you sure you aren’t stealing them to use in your Vietnamese restaurant. Because you sure sound like you are Vietnamese. Or else just public school educated.

  • ak

    old, real old news

  • Dennis in WV

    Hmmm…chow mein prices have dropped….

    • american-american

      Not ’cause of this. They use cat.

  • Albert Schork

    The pit bullz they are stealing must be pups. I’ve got 3 friendly, socialized bullz…BUT, don’t come in my house or yard without me.

    • George Glock

      You must have a PO Box

    • Bubba

      How about I enter your yard with my friend, S&W?

      • Hiram

        How about you take 4-5 rounds to the chest from my friend, Mr AK47?

  • ACB

    Dogs are not stolen for research. It is an urban legend told by orgs like PeTA and HSUS to get people all upset about good medical research. Research animals need to be specially bred so doctors KNOW their medical history (just like YOUR doctor needs to know YOURS) A research group has a Fact Sheet on this.

    Most dogs stolen are used in dog fights — google it …

    Let’s focus on the real reason for the thefts and do something about that – not keep rehashing some old false story.

    • Chris McAllister

      ACB- Thanks for that link. I’m very familiar with the Animal Welfare Act and its enforcement by the USDA-APHIS. The AWA requires all animal research facilities in the United States to only purchase animals from licensed dealers. And, like you said, animals from an unknown source with an unknown history are useless for research purposes. And another little known fact that PeTA and HSUS don’t want you to know: 99% of all research animals in the USA are mice.

    • Chris NYC

      What a garbage article! Pure breds are at risk because they fetch a high price but need papers? Who steals a dog and get the AKC papers? Nobody.
      Stolen for lab testing? Rubbish, as ACB points out. Labs use mice and rabbit, very rarely dogs.
      Face it, the California housing bust is causing people to move to apartments with NO Pets policies. The abandon the dog, and report them as stolen. The owners should be beaten, IMHO.

  • Dave

    And at the same time Google releases a dog fighting game for the Android iPhone. Pounds and Rescues are OVERFLOWING and people are abandoning their dogs and dumping them in the “country” to fend for themselves because they can’t afford to feed them.

  • Carl

    Yeah, I inherited a beautiful female border collie that a family just left when they moved out. She was nursing puppies so my wife and I started to feed her so she could make milk. One night she brought a puppy to dinner. We fed both. The next day I had mommy and TWO pups. In a few days I had Mommy and SIX pups. We vetted them and they are part of our family. Dog food bills are creeping up tho’. I really didn’t need seven new dogs on top of my four, but I am fortunate neough to be able to feed and care for them. I wouldn’t take for them now.

    • God

      You are a s*ithead.
      Love Always

    • Jimmy

      Carl, you just won over my heart. You are a wonderful human being. God will help you feed those dogs, believe me. It’s great to finally read some heartfelt. Thank you.

      • mike

        GOD? Like he’s taking care of the starving children in Africa. Yeah, he’ll do a great job….fer sure.

    • Julia

      Carl – I’d be happy to send you some dog food every month to help feed your large “family”!

    • georgia

      Carl, you rock!! There is a special place in Heaven for people like you and a special place in hell for the garbage that abandoned that dog.


      You are Awesome. God Bless

  • CheriE

    Some dogs reported as missing have actually been taken by predators – see it happen all the time. People leaving their cute little dogs in the backyard all night to bark and draw in the coyotes, etc. If you can’t commit to keeping your animal safe then don’t have one.

    • Sally Burke

      That’s true. My daughter lost her miniature Dachshund to a Coyote in Beverly Hills.

    • Michael Scott Oster

      My Rottie hopes for a coyote to come in the yard to play with.

    • Mikey

      A co-worker of mine almost lost her mini yorkie to a hawk. Small dogs may be cute, but I much prefer one that can protect itself.

  • Tigerh8r

    OK, now that was funny; I don’t care who you are!

  • ACB

    It is a shame that this article makes it sound like all the dogs missing are “stolen” when it would have been a good opportunity to offer more useful information that would have HELPED these animals. But of course, that wouldn’t have made for a very spicy story…..

  • TexasForever

    A society is judged how it treats it most vulnerable, Unborn children, children, seniors, animals and the poor. Anyone who would steal or mistreat any of the beforementioned will find themselves in a special place in hell.

    • georgia


  • hmm

    Taco Bell needs to get more meat somehow. Where do you guys think the taco bell chihuahua is???

  • neal

    Wow 224 stolen dogs in only 8 months. This is a regular crime wave! Better call in the state troopers!
    BTW no one is stealing Pit Bulls for ‘lab research’. Unless it is to see how many Labrador Retrievers a pit bull can eat.

  • walter12

    Man, stealing dogs is a new low, even for LA. It is so sad that LA has become a cesspool of illegal Mexicans, black and Mexican youth gangs, rampant street crime, a Marxist city government, dopers, deadbeats, nitwits, massive welfare set, communists, traitors, and on and on. Only an illegal or a nutcase or a deathwish person would live in LA today.

    • elio rusneck

      so why you freak care, di you live in Los Angeles? If you are not, go up yours you desert bagger and just try to dodge the spitd on the way out

      • Julia

        Huh? English, please

    • Lopez

      Yikes, as a Angelino, elio you are not helping the cause.
      elio > FAIL,

    • Cogito ergo sum

      L.A.’s been that way my entire life, I was born and raised there and it is really no different than its always been, which is why I now live in New England.

    • aaron

      you clearly have never been to LA, but from the sound of it you sure have been to a few book burnings. Reading ignorant backward comments like this make me glad to live in such a diverse area where people can be who they are without the fear of being lynched… you make me ashamed to be white, and its unfortunate americans can be as close minded as you, but being an american i respect your right to speak your mind no matter how wrong you are. stay out of LA or the scary “blacks” and “mexicans” might gobble you up.

      • DMM

        We moved out of LA 16 years ago and it was better then. When we visit now we are sad to see graffiti galore, trash and beggars. Even the dirty freeway (101 and 5) reflect the downgrade and lack of integrity.

      • Julia

        Lynched, no…shot/stabbed/robbed/looted, well, maybe. We see what LA looks like now…with our own eyes. We don’t make it up, we’re not racist (that race card again) just calling it like we see it. We don’t make up the crime rate, it is what it is!

      • Mikey

        Yeah, your “diverser area” is all safe and cozy. Where were you during the ’92 riots?

    • rick

      well said. I couldn’t agree more.

  • doctordoctor

    defend your arms to right bears!!!

  • hurrdurr

    and so continues the media’s rapeage of statistics

  • Julie Eileen

    Can someone tell me how American Pitbulls are considered the most ‘vicious breed’ in America and yet they happen to be the most stolen breed as well? I mean isn’t there a disconnect there?
    So they’re vicious towards the average citizen but have a special affinity for people trying to steal them?

  • Akela

    Ohh, Jeez. THAT was great. Good on ya, Scooby.

  • Jim Strathmeyer

    Proof of dogs being resold: none

    Great article!

  • lrobert evans

    I would sure like to the fool that tries to steal a “pi bull”.

  • Humpy

    Come around and try to steal my dogs. I haven’t shot anyone yet this year, and I’m running low on dog food.

    To Snoop Dogg: Being fed to dogs ain’t much of a livin’, boy.

  • deeper

    whoever put the comment about the 6 brain cells that got pulled – I’m with you! that was funny.

  • JuanValdez

    Dogs disappearing?

    For resale or for dinner? Hellava economy.

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  • Fanny Forbes Franklen

    “A Dog is very religious and its religion is free from superstition. The god it believes in is its master, and that god actually exists, and is actually concerned about its welfare, and actually rewards it and punishes it, on a plan comprehensible to Dogs and meeting with their approval, for its virtues and vices. Dogs need not waste any time over insoluble theological problems. Their god is plainly visible and wholly understandable — they have no need of clergy to guess for them, mislead them and get them into trouble.” ~ H.L. Mencken


    • AALLSS

      A dog displays no evidence of religious propensities. A dog does not ‘believe’ in his ‘master’.

      Rather, a Dog learns, through experience, to submit to the pack leader, even when the leadership changes. The dog learns from an early age that not doing so comes with severe penalties.

      The pack leader, often times a dog itself, believes only in his ability to guide, direct, and excercise authority over his subordinates.

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