LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — It is a pet entrepreneurs worst nightmare, a beloved pal stolen.
But it’s going on all also usually in our space specially purebred canine which can fetch top dollar. The American Kennel Club has tracked a 31 p.c enhance in stolen dog studies in current decades.
A local SPCA seen the pattern going on in our space. A short while ago, a canine was stolen in Lackawanna County.
PSP Dunmore is seeking for a pet documented stolen from Jefferson Township. Chet Hundley advised condition police an individual took Jake, his 15-year-outdated German Shepherd, from his kennel past week.
“I set him in the kennel Thursday morning, I arrived property and he was absent. The kennel was shut in a distinctive vogue than the way I shut it, which is how I knew any individual experienced opened it,” Hundley mentioned.
Govt Director of the Luzerne County SPCA Todd Hevner suggests he’s not shocked. Dognappings are on the increase in NEPA. Wednesday the SPCA posted on Facebook to warn pet entrepreneurs about the issue.
“It was basically introduced to our focus that it looks to be on the increase, and out of an abundance of warning for our community we felt it was important to share a little bit about the information,” Hevner mentioned.
Hevner suggests it is not unheard of for folks to just take canines and market them, specifically purebreds which could go for countless numbers of bucks depending on the breed.
Hundley states that doesn’t seem to be the motive for whoever stole his growing old doggy. He suggests Jake went missing from the garden a several weeks prior, and they discovered out anyone picked him up. He’s involved they could have come back again for Jake, wanting to continue to keep him for superior.
“The only thing that makes feeling in this individual scenario is its anyone who can’t intellect their very own organization and they assume they know superior than I do,” Hundley mentioned.
Hundley hopes an individual will scan Jake for his microchip, connecting the dog with its correct owners.
Hevner says as before long as a stolen pet is described to the law enforcement, the operator ought to contact the microchip enterprise to mark the doggy stolen in their database.
He says microchips are essential for safeguarding your pet. He warns pet entrepreneurs: really don’t go away dogs outside unattended, and don’t leave them in the vehicle.
“‘I’m likely to pop into the store just for a couple minutes. I’ll lock the doorway, my canine will be secure.’ Not only is that risky to your animal to retain them locked in your automobile, but it only can take a next for any individual with sick intentions to split into your vehicle and steal your puppy,” Hevner stated.
Hevner says to be weary of persons marketing animals on web-sites like craigslist or Facebook. There is a prospect they’re promoting you a stolen pet. He states your most effective bet is to undertake from an animal shelter.
Jake has a brown stomach, black upper overall body and grey on his chin and paws. He is microchipped and was not carrying a collar or tag when he was taken. Anybody with info is requested to make contact with PSP Dunmore.