By Lisa Granshaw | February 14, 2013
Have you seen this dog?Every year on Feb. 14 people celebrate Valentine's Day with their loved ones, both human and animal. For animal lovers, the day holds extra significance by highlighting an important issue through Pet Theft Awareness Day.
In 2012, 458 dogs were stolen across the country, according to numbers tracked by the American Kennel Club's National Pet Theft Database. That's a significant increase from 2010, when 255 dogs were stolen.
"People are stunned when [pet theft] happens to them," says Kirsten Theisen, director of pet care issues for The Humane Society of the United States. "You never think it's going to happen to you, but it takes only a minute of misstep to have something go wrong."
According to Theisen, pet theft is more common than people think, and pet owners should be aware that it can occur at any time. There are a number of steps you can take to decrease your chances of havingRead More »from 5 Ways to Protect Your Pet Against Theft