Mind Your Pooch
11 Jul 2016
If you’re a Dog lover, you know how much joy a Dog can bring into your life, but imagine coming home from work one day and your best friend is missing.
Unfortunately this story is becoming more common with up to 150 Dogs being stolen from Irish Homes every week.
Probably the most distressing part is, a percentage of these stolen pooches are being used as bait Dogs in fighting rings. The stolen dogs are being muzzled and in some cases, they have their front paws taped up, so they won’t injure the fighting dog and they are left defenceless and torn to shreds by the other dog.
However the majority of stolen dogs are being shipped out of the country to the UK and Sweden and sold on.
In May, dog wardens in Bromley, England found a microchipped Staffordshire bull terrier named “hippo” wandering the streets. When they scanned the microchip, it transpired that Hippo was stolen in Cork, 10 years ago.
Don’t let your Dog become the next Hippo !
- Make sure your Dog isn’t allowed wander the streets and countryside by him/herself.
- Make sure your garden is secure. Close off any potential escape routes.
- If possible, keep your dog in a lockable dog run, while you’re away from home.
- Be wary of Strangers taking a sudden interest in your dog .
- If your dog goes missing, contact your local pound straight away, also take to social media and ask your friends to share your post, so as many people as possible know your dog is missing and if someone sees him/her , they’ll be returned to you as soon as possible.
By taking a few simple common sense precautions, you’ll be able to keep your dog safe and enjoy his company for many years to come !