You may think your pet is safe running around your fenced-in backyard or alone in the car with the windows cracked, but pet thefts are on the rise. Last Chance for Animals (LCA) urges pet owners to keep an eye on their four-legged family members.
There are no reliable figures on the number of animals stolen in the U.S. annually because police rarely distinguish between property theft and pet theft. Also, when a pet disappears from a yard, there's often no way to prove the animal didn't just escape.
However, LCA estimates that 2 million pets are stolen each year. The American Kennel Club, which tracks pet thefts through news reports and customers, reported a 31 percent increase in pet thefts from 2012 to 2013.
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