An alarming trend that pet owners should be concerned about, dog napping has become more frequent over the past two years.
Lisa Peterson, director of communications for the American Kennel Club, told Good Morning America that the organization has been tracking pet theft cases for the past two years, noting that there has been a 30 percent increase of stolen pets in the last year alone.
Experts feel that owners should take extra precautions in their pet care, such as keeping their dogs inside while they run daily errands, as many perpetrators can easily open a car door or fence.
Sometimes, dogs are not even safe in the comfort of their own home. When Keith Alioto returned to his home the Wednesday before Christmas, he noticed that his house had been robbed and the family’s beloved puppy Max was taken along with Christmas presents, according to PeoplePets.com.
"We are all very upset and want him back. We will offer a reward for his return," Alioto told the news provider.