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Old 12-28-2011, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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To those like me who treat their dogs as family members, this really hits home! Be on the look out, ask questions and be suspicious of anyone approaching your dogs without consent.
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Old 12-29-2011, 06:05 PM
 
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There are so many dogs running loose, I don't know why they risk stealing.
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Old 12-30-2011, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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There are so many dogs running loose, I don't know why they risk stealing.
High demand breeds or large breeds. If you come across a friendly, well behaved purebred that is high demand, you can resell to another family (think: Great Danes, Boxers, etc). If you come across a dog that fits the description for a research lab, it is easy money for the thief.

I have 2 purebred Boxers, one is a momma's girl that doesn't trust strangers. The younger is very outgoing and social, very puppy mentality yet. We stopped taking the younger to the local dog park because last time we were there a man outside of the fence kept trying to get my young Boxer to come to him. Had we not been watching her like a hawk, he could have easily slipped her out the gate and taken off with her. Why buy a puppy or adopt a rescue for several hundred when you can get a freebie by stealing?
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:56 AM
 
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High demand breeds or large breeds. If you come across a friendly, well behaved purebred that is high demand, you can resell to another family (think: Great Danes, Boxers, etc). If you come across a dog that fits the description for a research lab, it is easy money for the thief.
Don't buyers of purebreds want the papers? What good is a "hot" purebred - you can't show it, breed it, or even brag about it. Might as well get a free mutt - some of them are mighty fine dogs, too.

I had a sheltie disappear from the yard many years ago. We never found him.
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Old 12-30-2011, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Lansing, MI
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Don't buyers of purebreds want the papers? What good is a "hot" purebred - you can't show it, breed it, or even brag about it. Might as well get a free mutt - some of them are mighty fine dogs, too.

I had a sheltie disappear from the yard many years ago. We never found him.
Not all people care about papers. I've never had a dog with papers, but I really like the purebred Boxer characteristics. This hasn't stopped me from having mutts, I've had plenty of wonderful mutts that were terrific dogs. I just happened to come across purebreds that were either turned over or brought in as strays to the shelter, and I adopted them.

Papers are a technicality that are virtually useless in most situations. If the dog is spayed / neutered and doesn't show, they are pointless unless you want bragging rights.
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Old 01-07-2012, 01:38 PM
 
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Bunchers sell dogs to labs, so your dog doesn't have to be a pure bred to be stolen. I think they get something like 20-30 dollars per dog. This is also why you should never give animals away "free to a good home". Watch your pets, there's too much scum running around out there.
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:55 PM
 
Location: NC
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Bunchers sell dogs to labs, so your dog doesn't have to be a pure bred to be stolen. I think they get something like 20-30 dollars per dog. Watch your pets, there's too much scum running around out there.
I find it disgusting that labs would buy dogs and even more appalling that anyone would steal a dog.
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