'Dog-napping’ incidents have increased across Kilkenny city and county in recent months and local Gardaí continue to issue advice to all local dog owners in a bid to deter such criminal activity.
Below are six pieces of advice from An Garda Síochána that’ll make dog theft more difficult for criminals:
Get your dog microchipped - It’s the law, and makes dogs easier to identify if found, especially if found quickly.
Keep your dog in sight - Even in the garden! Thieves take advantage of unsupervised dogs, especially if they notice patterns of time when they are continually unsupervised.
Think about CCTV - It can help keep your dog safe at home and give you more peace of mind, especially if your dog is a high value breed.
Don’t tie your dog up in public - Leaving your dog outside a shop, for example, creates an ideal opportunity for thieves.
Report theft immediately - It’s important to act quickly when reporting dog theft to Gardaí and may significantly improve outcomes.
Only buy from a trusted source - When buying a dog, check out the seller. Only buy from a reputable seller or you may unknowingly be supporting criminal activity.
Some additional tips from Blue Cross:
Don’t leave your dog alone in the car, even for a few minutes.
Take clear photographs of your dog from various angles, and update them regularly. Make a note of any distinguishing features.
Ensure that your garden is secure and fit a bell to the gate so you can hear if anyone opens it.
Check references for people who provide dog or house-sitting services.
Vary your times of walks and routes; some dogs are actually targeted and snatched during walks.