KAF - the danger of gangs stealing dogs

Kildare Animal Foundation missing dog
We have seen a huge increase of lost dogs in the County.

We have seen a huge increase of lost dogs in the County.

Some days were are receiving up to 10 calls, emails and Facebook posts about people missing their family pet.

The KWWSPCA are also experiencing the same problem. Many of them are genuinely lost by mistake but some people continue to let their dogs roam around to go “toilet” or “play”.

This is very irresponsible as a dog owner, there is no doubt that the dogs are loved but it’s just too dangerous to let them out on their own.

Apart from getting involved in fights with other dogs or road traffic accidents, there is any even greater risk - dog thefts.

The threat is now more than ever. We have been informed by local Gardaí that they believe there is a gang in the Kildare area stealing pedigree dogs for resale in the UK.

Most of these dogs will most likely be used as breeding dogs and some will meet an even crueller fate, used as bait dogs.

The problem of dog theft is nationwide but there are a few things you can do to make sure your dog is safe.

First of all, if you have a dog or are getting one then please get him/her microchipped. This can cost between E25 – E40 depending on the vets you use but it’s one of the best investments you will ever make. They last for the whole of the dog’s life.

Please make sure you register your details with the chip company.

You would be surprised at the amount of people who forget this and then the chip is worthless and no owner can be traced.

If you move house or change phone number please make sure you update the details on the chip.

The next step in keeping your dog safe: please make sure to have your pet neutered. Apart from the huge health benefits and drop in unwanted puppies it also can stop thieves selling dogs on for breeding.

We have heard cases where when it is found out that a dog has been neutered and of no use breeding wise, the dog is then dumped.

If they are microchipped and scanned then they can be returned to their original owner.

When you are going to work or nipping to the shop, where possible leave your pets indoors. If you are not able to do this then please make sure your gates are padlocked.

Last but not least, please do not let your dog roam on its own. You might have been lucky up till now but one day something will happen to your beloved pooch and then it’s too late so keep them secure and safe.

Do you know the dog in the picture? She was found four weeks ago in the Newbridge area. If you have any info please contact us.

- Dan Donoher