FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control is addressing concerns about a rise in local dog thefts. After many Facebook and media reports claimed animal theft is ‘on the rise’ FWACC reports that there is no increase in animal thefts.
According to the organization’s statistics, FWACC returned 384 lost dogs to their owner from October 1, 2014 through January 5, 2015. From October 1 through the end of the year there were four reported animal thefts in the city. The Fort Wayne Police Department said of those four reported thefts, one dog had ran away and was returned to its owner. A second dog was connected to a domestic dispute—meaning that family was involved. The outcome of the last two dogs is unknown. The FWACC was unable to reach the owners.
“We know, perhaps more than anyone, what our pets mean to us and the fear that can come when we feel our pets are in danger or may come up missing,” Jodi Hamilton, community relations and education specialist with FWACC said.
“Organizations such as ours, including Lost Dogs of Fort Wayne, are doing a great service to our community to provide ties to families and their pets in the hopes that should they come up missing for ANY reason, that we can place them safely where they belong. At home.”
FWACC also provided the following list of precautions owners can take to keep their animal safe:
- Microchip your pet (be sure you have this number recorded somewhere in your records)
- Keep tags (city pet registration & rabies) and collars on at all times
- Take photos (keep them current)
- Never leave pets unsupervised. If they go outside for short periods of time – be sure to monitor them. Bring them inside if leaving home.
Anyone who believes their animal to have been lost or stolen should file a lost report and walk through kennels. They can also use the FWACC’s website to check for their dog.