Around 90 Percent of Stolen Dogs are Never Recovered

Sadly, nearly 2 million pets are stolen each year. They may be taken under false pretense through “free to a good home” ads, abducted from their yards, or taken from rescue shelters through a practice called pound seizure. These animals are then sold to research laboratories, dog-fighting rings, or puppy mills, where they are abused and often killed.

Follow the tips below to protect your own beloved companion animal. And please share this information. It just might save a dog or cat’s life.

Pet Theft DOs and DON’Ts


• DO keep your pet indoors, especially when you are not at home.

• DO properly identify your pet with a collar, tag and microchip.

• DO be aware of strangers in the neighborhood. Report anything unusual to police.

• DO padlock your gate.

• DO keep your pet on a leash whenever you go outside.

• DO make the neighbors aware of the problem of pet theft.


• DO NOT let your pet roam free in the neighborhood.

• DO NOT let your pet be visible from the street.

• DO NOT leave your pet unattended at any time.

• DO NOT tie your pet outside a store to wait for you.

• DO NOT use “Free to Good Home” advertisements to place your pet in a new home.

• DO NOT give your pet away without first knowing as much as possible about the adoptive home.

LCA has already made great strides in stopping pet theft. Thanks in part to our groundbreaking investigations, the NIH recently stopped funding research on animals obtained from Class B dealers, who sell “random” dogs and cats (many of which are stolen). Our work was chronicled in the HBO special Dealing Dogs, and reveals the true horror inflicted on many stolen pets.


See how LCA has combatted Class B animal dealers, one of the main sources of pet theft. 

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