A stolen dog is the big loser

Local | Georgina Noyce 19 Jan 2021

As if living through a pandemic is not enough for us, animal lovers are also facing a number of other stress factors that add to our worries.

One very scary fact emerging from around the world is that a number of countries have recorded a rise in stolen animals, predominantly dogs, as well as a rise in online sales of animals of all kinds.

We know why things keep changing, but an animal doesn't, which means we will need to be very careful with responding to the needs of animals, particularly dogs when things change.

It must, therefore, be doubly hard for people - and dogs - when they are stolen from gardens and homes and apparently even snatched on daily walks.

But what is even worse is that for thieves to target specific breeds, it means there is someone out there buying these dogs. People don't question why a full grown dog is being sold and don't question why an apparent owner is selling the dog.

Even more worrying is when dogs are stolen for breeding, so that cute puppies can be hawked online as if they are commodities such as phones or designer handbags. If a reputable, licensed breeder sells a particular breed at a specific price, then you can be sure that the bargain-priced animal you are looking at from Mr XX's homemade website is not a trustworthy supplier.

Even more horrifying to think about is that it is not the thief or rogue breeder or devious purchaser who will be the loser in these transactions, but the dog stolen from a loving home, or the puppy handed over to an unsuitable owner, who has no real concept of looking after an animal.

While animals, particularly dogs, are a wonderful way for elders to have undemanding company, or for families have an animal to look after to bring them together, bringing that dog, or any animal, into your life by less than honest means is yet another evil to our account.

If the time is right to bring an animal into your life, then go to a reputable rescue center or registered charity. Even in today's less-than- ideal conditions, they will give you information and probably even videos of the animals waiting for a good home, making sure that everyone, particularly animals with so few rights, get the right match.

Georgina Noyce is an equestrian judge, and has a menagerie of adopted four-legged waifs and strays.

gnoyce2009@gmail.com



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