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Here's yet another sign the economy has gone to the dogs: Money-seeking thieves are pilfering pooches and selling them for profit.

For the first seven months of 2011, reports of stolen dogs rose 49%, according to the American Kennel Club. About 224 were snatched, compared with 150 in the same period last year.
 
In 2008, 71 thefts were recorded by the AKC's database of customer and media reports. That rose to 162 in 2009 and 255 in 2010.

Canines have been taken from homes, pet stores, shelters, cars, parks and city streets, says AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson.
 
"The motivation is money and economics," she says.

All types of dogs are stolen, but small breeds such as Yorkies and Pomeranians are abducted more often than others. Those pups are "popular in general and easier to steal based on size," says Peterson.
Here's yet another sign the economy has gone to the dogs: Money-seeking thieves are pilfering pooches and selling them for profit.

For the first seven months of 2011, reports of stolen dogs rose 49%, according to the American Kennel Club. About 224 were snatched, compared with 150 in the same period last year.
 
In 2008, 71 thefts were recorded by the AKC's database of customer and media reports. That rose to 162 in 2009 and 255 in 2010.

Canines have been taken from homes, pet stores, shelters, cars, parks and city streets, says AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson.
 
"The motivation is money and economics," she says.

All types of dogs are stolen, but small breeds such as Yorkies and Pomeranians are abducted more often than others. Those pups are "popular in general and easier to steal based on size," says Peterson.


Read the whole story at USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/story/2011-08-22/More-dogs-get-kidnapped-for-money/50097450/1

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