DogsBite.org - In addition to the many stories regarding criminals and pit bulls, is the rampant theft of pit bulls from people's homes, yards and animal shelters. The problem of pit bull theft is so bad at some animal shelters that surveillance cameras and keeping someone on property 24/7 is needed. Housing and securing pit bulls at shelters comes at a considerable cost. As mentioned in a recent blog post, it's worth finding out shelter policies before making a donation.
Pit Bull Abducted from PAWS in Montclair
10/09/08 | Montclair, NJ
Summary: A pit bull named Ruby was stolen from a PAWS facility just before the animal was to be placed with a family. --Things do happen for a reason-- We call this napping to your attention due to this twist of fate and because of what the PAWS receptionist told the reporter. She said that sometimes criminals "take a passive pit bull and use it as bait for bullfighting." We think she meant to say "dogfighting."
In a separate twist of fate, this Chopper got stolen in February from the Pinellas SPCA in Florida. One month later, a similarly appearing Chopper made news in South Carolina.
12 Pit Bull Puppies Stolen at Gunpoint
10/08/08 | Escambia County, FL
Summary: The Sheriff's Office said Patrick McBride Jr., 30, and the men were looking at the puppies Monday night when one of the men asked to get a drink of water. McBride asked a friend to stand outside with the three remaining men. McBride said that the man he took inside his residence pulled a gun. A second man then came into the house and snatched his 12 pit bull puppies.
Thieves Posed as Animal Control Snatch Pit Bull
10/03/08 | Morristown, TN
Summary: Thieves using a fake animal control van to steal dogs struck again. A Morristown pit bull owner saw them grab the family dog and take off. Richard Hart, a Hamblen County Animal Control officer said, "During the day, we had numerous reports of the van around town." One neighbor speculated they were stealing the dogs for dogfighting purposes -- an educated speculation.
Five Pit Bull Puppies Stolen from Home
09/24/08 | Superior, MI
Summary: According to Washtenaw County Sheriff Dave Egeler, residents of White Oak Lane arrived home just before 9 p.m. and reported five puppies from their litter of about a dozen pit bulls were missing (yet another extremely large litter size). The pit-bull-nappers pried open a window screen over the makeshift kennel the dogs were kept in and likely stole the cream of the crop.
Martin County Woman's Pit Bull Puppy Stolen
09/23/08 | Martin County, FL
Summary: A woman reported her 2-month-old pit bull puppy stolen out of her home. Earlene Hicks noticed the brindle pit bull missing shortly after she came home from work Monday night. Hicks, 22, told Martin sheriff's deputies that when she went to work, she had left the puppy on her back porch where a piece of wood confined him to part of the screened-in enclosure.
Man Attacked, Pit Bull Pup Stolen
09/18/08 | South Bend, IN
Summary: Police say it's the type of case they've never seen before: an assault that ended in an apparent "dog-napping." Apparently, South Bend police are not reading local or state news regarding dogfighting operations in the area. In Gary, Indiana, about 60 miles away, there was recently a notable dogfighting trial. Even more recently was the bizarre pit bull owner in South Bend that threatened animal control officers.
10/08/08: Each Humane Society is a Separate and Distinct Organization
07/28/08: Man's Dog Nabbed for "Bait Dog" in Center, Texas
04/23/08: Firefighters in Gary, Indiana Caught up in Dogfighting