American Kennel Club Says Dognapping Cases Are Up By Almost 70 Percent
Experts: Most Important Step To Keeping Pets Safe Is Microchipping
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dogs are being stolen out of cars, yards, off sidewalks and even out of shelters at an alarming rate, according to the American Kennel Club.
“It only takes a minute for a theft to occur,” American Kennel Club spokeswoman Lisa Peterson told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin on Friday.
Making any pet owner think twice is surveillance video from last week that showed “Marley” the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel being menaced by a stranger, who picked up the frightened dog and walked off with him, leaving 7-year-old Mia Bendrat heartbroken the day before Christmas.
“You knew that was somebody’s dog and it was Christmas Eve. I mean really?” Bendrat said.
Marley was sold to a woman in Greenwich Village, who thought the situation was fishy.
Marley was checked for a microchip and Mia and her best friend were reunited.