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FAQs - Security and Missing dogs
What could be worse
than losing your dog? Those who have been through it say it is worse than
having a dog die. Prevention is definitely the best policy on this issue.
If your dog is found,
the chances of you being reunited are vastly increased if your dog is
microchipped or tatooed. The NCDL (at the time of writing this) does cheap
Before the event:
- don't let your
dog run loose if you can't rely on his recall (this isn't the end of
- maintain your garden
fence to keep it dog proof
- ensure you have
good photos of your dog
- do not leave your
dog tied up outside shops etc
- do not leave your
dog unattended in a car/van
- be wary of strangers
expressing an interest in your dog
- if you think you
are being followed, don't go straight home
After the event:
- look everywhere
- get in touch with
the local police and dog warden
- make up posters
and post them locally
- get in touch with
LurcherSearch and LostDogs
the number of Greyhounds and lurchers looking for homes, they are probably
one of the most stealable types of dogs. This is because they are commonly
required for coursing, illegal racing, rabbitting, breeding etc by people
who would not be considered by rescue groups as suitable to adopt a dog.
This is not an
over-reaction, I hear stories constantly of sight hounds going missing.
Often in suspicious circumstances.
Some experiences from
- Maily in Kent owners
have been approached by people of dubious intention and asked if they
want to sell their dogs. It has also been reported that youths have
been mugging owners and stealing their dogs. Presumably for coursing/racing.
- I was approached
once by a man in a van who screeched to a halt and insisted that Jims
was the dog he had lost. I was baffled and told him that no way could
it be and it was only later on reading the same sort of stories that
I realised what was going on - especially as he seemed to watch where
I was going (I just stood and stared at him until he had to drive off
and then I made double-sure I wasn't followed home).
- ...whenever anyone
talks about the racing dog they had that was just like him (not as unusual
as you think in my part of town!) I make sure to tell them all about
his dodgy heart, wrist etc - first making sure I'm not putting off a
genuine potential adopter of greyhounds! Also - and I'm sure we all
know this - NEVER leave them outside a shop, even for a minute.
- My husband has
just put up a six foot gate with a 12 inch trellis on the top. You can
only get through the gate with a yale key. I am very aware that there
are people out there that want our dogs. We have a large supply of travellers
that make our village their home. Once while walking on our disused
airfield , I was asked if I wanted to sell both of my dogs. I was petrified
that they would somehow follow me home and take them. I never leave
them outside a shop or in my car. I can't imagine the pain you must
go through should you lose or have stolen your dogs. Keep them safe.
- Just a warning
to UK folks to be on their guard. There appears to be a gang in the
Midlands/North who are stealing dogs. I know of several people's dogs
which have been stolen, in daylight, from gardens and even from secure
- ...From the cases
so far, there seems no doubt that they know exactly which dogs they're
after, and watch the house extensively to learn the owner's routine
before attempting to steal the dogs.
- Consider microchipping
or tattooing if your dog is not already done, so that if it's stolen
and dumped it can be identified. Permanent identification is also useful
if you ever have to prove to the law that it is indeed your dog after
someone has stolen it. Make sure you have good photographs (head shot,
side-on standing, etc) that show all your dogs' characteristics clearly,
so that you can make a big publicity fuss and make it not worth their
while to try to keep the dog. Guard them in your gardens and runs. Watch
for suspicious characters.
- Down here in Dorset
this is a major problem to. I have to keep the back gate padlocked because
of people showing too much interest in my dogs. I have been asked if
people can borrow them for the purpose of rabbiting, coursing, breeding
and illegal racing. We also have a lot of gypsies living in the area
who have a reputation for stealing greyhounds.
- I have been approached
in the past whilst out with my whippets & lurcher...all bitches.
One particular incident sticks in my mind, I was approached by four
traveller types who spread out around myself and the dogs. They asked
had I bred them, I replied no. They then asked was I going to breed
from them, to which I again replied no - adding the lie that they had
all been spayed. Whilst this was going on, two of them had circled round
behind me only to be met by the lurcher and two of my bolder whippets
who told them in dog fashion that their attentions were not welcome!
This seemed to disuade them somewhat, but they did follow me for some
time, before finally disappearing which was even more scary, as I didn't
know where they had gone.
provided by contributors to the Speakeasy, and summarised by Jill
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