Dog Theft – Stolen To Sell and Fund Drug HabitsKeith
A Report from South Africa on Dog Theft
Animal welfare organisations have warned dog owners of an uptrend in dog theft – all breeds and sizes – for dog fighting.
One dog owner of a Husky, had gone missing on Saturday, January 21.
“I went to check the kennel at about 1:30pm and she was gone. I thought maybe she had pushed through the wire,” he said.
He went to check at nearby Parks where he spoke to two security guards who told him they had seen a dog being picked by a Hilux that day.
After having searched the surrounding areas, he posted Panda’s details on social media. One afternoon, he received a call saying his dog had been returned to the SPCA.
“When I arrived she was already vetted and everything was all right with no sign of harm done,”
However, it is beleived dog theft syndicates operating in his area may have stolen Panda, but the dog was returned because he had a search rescue crew to investigate and there was a reward being offered.
“It was a very emotional reunion this morning for him and his dog.
“Panda was brought into our SPCA by a member of the public this morning and dropped off at our standby kennels. The pair were delighted to be re-united with one another and there were many happy tears of joy,” it said.
Dogs are being used for fights.
“One of the reasons for the increase in missing dogs is that we have criminal syndicates which use dogs for fights, and drug addicts who buy them so they can resell the dogs to fund their addiction.
“People should put their dogs out of sight, where dog smugglers cannot reach them. If they’re near the gate, remove them and try to place them in a safe area around the house,” she said.
Thieves were no longer only targeting big dogs such as pitbulls and German shepherds but were looking for any type of dog they could use as a bait in dog fights.
“This indicates that dog fighting is on the increase with syndicates looking for bait dogs,”
Communities needed to be vigilant about people loitering in a neighbourhood as the modus operandi was to drive around and see where dogs were left on properties with open gates, or were docile and would approach when treats were handed to them.
She believes it has been prevalent in affluent suburbs in Durban and was on the increase.
“We have an average of five to 10 dogs reported missing each month.”
This could also be happening in the UK. Do you suspect it is, for funding drugs, let us know.