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.

Comments (123)
  1. Theresa357 says:

    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.

    1. Sam says:

      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!

      1. Keith Martin says:

        Good man.

      2. bestimmt says:

        Anyone who carries concealed is a friend of mine.

      3. Julia says:

        Amen to that!

      4. pintobeans says:

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

      5. frijole negro says:

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

      6. Jennifer Peterson says:

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

      7. Lonnie Fehr says:

        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 ,

    2. Scott says:

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

      1. samg42 says:

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

    3. Skeenah says:

      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-

      1. Fred says:

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

      2. Jennifer Peterson says:

        That’s disgusting. Thank you for sharing. 🙁

    4. Dan Stetson says:

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

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

      1. KaD says:

        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.

      2. Huxley says:

        Only difference is that dogs are real.

    5. Kevin says:


    6. Bob O says:

      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.

  2. Dennis in WV says:

    Hmmm…chow mein prices have dropped….

    1. american-american says:

      Not ’cause of this. They use cat.

  3. Albert Schork says:

    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.

    1. George Glock says:

      You must have a PO Box

    2. Bubba says:

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

      1. Hiram says:

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

  4. ACB says:

    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. http://ca-biomed.org/pdf/media-kit/fact-sheets/FS-PetTheft.pdf

    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.

    1. Chris McAllister says:

      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.

    2. Chris NYC says:

      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.

  5. Dave says:

    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.

  6. Carl says:

    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.

    1. Jimmy says:

      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.

      1. mike says:

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

    2. Julia says:

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

    3. georgia says:

      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.

    4. MFIREBRAND1 says:

      You are Awesome. God Bless

    5. God says:

      You are a s*ithead.
      Love Always

  7. CheriE says:

    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.

    1. Sally Burke says:

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

    2. Michael Scott Oster says:

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

    3. Mikey says:

      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.

  8. Tigerh8r says:

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

  9. ACB says:

    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…..

  10. TexasForever says:

    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.

  11. hmm says:

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

  12. neal says:

    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.

  13. walter12 says:

    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.

    1. elio rusneck says:

      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

      1. Julia says:

        Huh? English, please

    2. Cogito ergo sum says:

      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.

    3. aaron says:

      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.

      1. DMM says:

        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.

      2. Julia says:

        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!

      3. Mikey says:

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

    4. rick says:

      well said. I couldn’t agree more.

    5. Lopez says:

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

  14. doctordoctor says:

    defend your arms to right bears!!!

  15. hurrdurr says:

    and so continues the media’s rapeage of statistics

  16. Julie Eileen says:

    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?

  17. Akela says:

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

  18. Jim Strathmeyer says:

    Proof of dogs being resold: none

    Great article!

  19. lrobert evans says:

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

  20. Humpy says:

    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.

  21. deeper says:

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

  22. JuanValdez says:

    Dogs disappearing?

    For resale or for dinner? Hellava economy.

  23. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    “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

    ————————————————– http://911essentials.com

    1. AALLSS says:

      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.

  24. paul Meers says:

    I live in maine and you must be referring to dead thieves, ” cause we don’t “f” around here – no sir!!

  25. Greg says:

    Our more epensive neighborhood dogs disappear while jogging off a leash. We suspect passing by vehicles Never let you pet out of sight while off a leash.

  26. Regina says:

    pig hunters in Hawaii over her are known to steal peoples dogs! Its heartbreaking! My husband and I have a beautiful Shepherd chow mix (first in door dog ever) we love her so much..these thieves have no idea that the dog would be equally heartbroken as well (provided they come from a. Loving home) when either one of us leave, she greets us with howls and wiggles! How insensitive-

  27. Jerzey Boy says:

    Alien abductions;
    It’s a Cook Book!

  28. foghorn leghorn says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ………. bye bye puppy

  29. marie says:

    my lab’s a b bro, aint nobody messin with her dawg

  30. Sherlock says:

    A certain ethnic grtoup that will remain nameless likes to use dogs in their rituals.

  31. Bo says:

    Steal my dog? Die a quick and painless death.

  32. k says:

    They are probably eating them. You can thank Obama for that also.

  33. Maybe people should be having kids instead of dogs.

    1. Chenzo says:

      “Maybe people should be having kids instead of dogs.”
      Worst idea ever
      Dumbest comment ever.

  34. Larry Mason says:

    It warms my heart to see CBS providing a playground for so many illiterates.

    1. Julia says:

      LOL. Amazing, ain’t it?

  35. Daschie says:

    We live in a primitive society. Not only this story shows it but also 90% of the moronish comments.

  36. matt says:

    Idiot alert! This article is attracting hoards of brain-dead, grammar-deficient illegal alien posters.

  37. Frank Hunt says:

    Dog napping should be treated as kidnapping wiith serious penalties…..dogs are beloved members of peoples familys, this is a very serious matter, especially when the are thrown to pit bulls for killer training practice…PUT THESE PEOPLE IN JAIL!

    1. Lopez says:

      Best comment of the night.

  38. skullbuster says:

    Bad times. People are hungry.

    1. Silly people says:

      I guess they are eating them instead of selling them. BS. Food stamps are now given to 1 in 7 adults. nobody is starving just look at the size of the women in the hood. I don’t see many skinny people.

  39. ajhnson says:

    California puzzles me. They elect people who bankrupt their State and what do they do? They reward the ones who bankrupt their State by re-electing them back into office. Nothing good comes from California. Liberals, kool-aid drinkers, dog thieves, you name it.

  40. Nonyabisnass Patrick says:

    there is only one thing worse tan a thief….a thief from so. california

  41. eastedie says:

    The more people I meet, the better I love dogs!

  42. sue gonzalez says:

    I teach in a low socio-economic port-of-entry school district in Los Angeles county. We have an underground parking lot which was being broken into at night and used as a dog-fighting ring. I can tell you who is running the dog fights in L.A.

  43. John Johnson says:

    Looks like Obamies jobs programs are having the desired effect. People are having to eat dog meat while yomamie eat $1.25 per pound Wag-gu beef!!! How is that Hope and Change working for you??????????????

  44. Hank Warren says:

    Illegals stealing dogs, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  45. FLOYD IN FLORDIA says:


  46. James says:

    If someone stole my dog, and I found them, they’d be very, very sorry before I was finished.

  47. Right (correct) Wing says:

    In many foreign country eating dog meat is acceptable. There must be foreigners in LA, what do you think?

  48. MIKE says: