Residents are being warned on dog theft, this follows after a Kloof patroller recently rescued a dog Holly), which was almost stolen by brazen suspects in Kloof on Tuesday morning.
The patroller, Joe Swart, alleges he recieved a message about dog that was seen being dragged around by an unknown man, suspected to be a dog thief. It’s alleged the man had been seen dragging a dog up the road at around 8:00 am in morning. “Swart left his home promptly in search of the suspect, who had moved on quickly, he managed to track the suspect down through Kloof Gorge, where he spotted two men dragging the dog through the bush. He gave chase but they managed to escape, tumbling down a bank as they fled. Although they escaped, Joe was able to successfully rescue Holley, who is now safe at home with her rightful owner,” said Blue Security media liaison Andreas Mathios. He said Holly has returned home safety.
Blue Security listed some tips on how residents can protect their dogs:
- Regularly check the integrity of your fence – secure your perimeter with a strong, high fence that makes it difficult for thieves to get access to your property. It also is important to conduct regular checks of your fencing, ensuring that it has not been damaged in any way. Fencing can also be enhanced with spikes or electric fencing for maximum security.
- Sectioning off your property – Most dogs are stolen at night or in the early hours of the morning. Allow your dog to sleep inside, doing so provides them with safety from theft or poisoning and it still allows them to protect you and your family. If your dog isn’t allowed to sleep inside, sectioning off your property with a second fence is an alternative solution. The second fence will keep your dog away from the boundary of your property, making it significantly more difficult for thieves to poison or steal your dog.
- Consider removing the ‘ Beware of dog’ sinage – Although this signage has some benefits, it also alerts thieves to the fact that you have a dog, particularly in the case of power breeds, such a Rottweilers or Pit Bulls, who are sought after for dog fighting.
- Be wary of strangers that show an overly active interest in your dog – All dog owners love talking about their ‘furkids’, but you should be careful about sharing too many details to strangers. Be cautious of people asking too many details such as how much you paid, if they are purebred and whether or not they are neutered or spayed.
- Spay or neuter your dog – Dogs are sometimes stolen to be resold for breeding purposes. Spaying or neutering your pet can reduce their chances of being stolen.
- Train your dog – Although it may be more difficult to train older dogs, it is highly beneficial to train your dog not to accept food from strangers or to only accept food under certain conditions e.g. in a specific bowl.
- Hire trustworthy dog or house sitters – Ensure that you only hire professional, responsible and trusted pet-care providers to look after your pet while you are away. Go to a trusted source, such as a local vet, to find a good dog-sitter and always check references before hiring. Once you have hired the dog-sitter, ensure that they are informed of all the necessary safety precautions for your home.