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    So I've just moved to the Gold Coast recently and I'm dumbfounded about how rampant dog theft is becoming here. There are stories and reports going around that dog theft is increasing rapidly here on the GC. Last week I head from a parent at my sons school that their 14month old staffy x English bulldog was stolen from their yard in the same neighbourhood that we live. She said she noticed when she had come home from work that her side gate had a random strange tea towel draped over it. She said it was strange as it wasn't one of hers and there is a lane way beside her house. She removed the tea towel but the next morning she found her dog was gone and the lock on the gate had been cut. She has put up a reward but so far no one has come forward.
    After hearing this I panicked and came straight home to research these types of things. Apparently people are taking dogs with staffy/bulldog type breeds for fighting and I'm scared out of my wits for Max so much so that I have installed a security camera at our front gate, put up signs that the property is monitored, padlocked our side gate and baracaded everything I can against the gate. Max was being left outside when I had to go out without him but not now. He either comes with me or is left inside (net helping the toilet training but I'd rather clean a bit of mess when I come home then risk him being stolen as he is a amstaff x bull Arab and typical breed of dogs seemingly being targeted)

    Does anyone have any knowledge of what to look for as far as properties being "tagged" for dog snatching? I'll be honest living on a property most of my life this type of thing was never an issue but now I'm almost gagging with fright that there are dog snatching going on here. I'm so concerned that I don't even want max to be seen in public which is tearing me up as I beleive he needs as much exposure to varying experiences right now.

    If you live on the Gold Coast or there is dog theft going on in your area what are the types of "tags" I need to look out for?

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    Some links to news articles on this disgusting trade. Everyday I find myself hating my own species more and more.

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    I dunno about theft.

    There's not much theft in my area but baiting of noisy dogs happens about once a year.. some person driven crazy by barking dogs will chuck baits over the fence or leave them at the park etc. Which is really scary too.

    Isn't gold coast a tick and cane toad area - I'd be more worried about those. But I also keep my dog inside when I'm out - because if someone breaks into your house, it's a whole different level of police interest than if they nick something out of your back yard.

    Desexing your dog and getting the ear tattooed (if it's female) can help reduce the chance of it being stolen too.

    The last security camera footage I saw on the net of someone stealing a dog - the someone was known to the dog owner and there was dodginess all round. The dog owner got their dog back tho.

    This happens a lot if a couple get a dog together and then they split up, either nobody wants the dog or they both do... the dog can't win.

    PS microchipping the dog can help a lot. Makes it much easier to prove who the dog belongs to and return it.

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    Microchipping only helps if the people stealing the dog eventually turn it in or the owner can find where the dog has gone. But dog fighters don't go to vets when their dogs are mauled, just turn them loose as bait dogs (bait dogs are those too small or too injured to fight anymore so they are tied up and used for fight practice for bigger dogs and die from their injuries)

    Tics and cane toads are no real threat. I've lived in qld all my life and more so in the regional areas then the burbs and both are easy to manage. I can protect from tics and toads but I can't always be around to protect from men and women driven by the prospect of an easy catch. It is happening.....a lot. You never expect it to happen so close to home tho...

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    Microchipping only helps
    helps a lot if there is a police raid of a venue with lots of dogs that don't belong there. There might not be a fight in progress but it does make it easier to prove that those dogs aren't theirs.

    Also if these guys do have a favourite dog - they will take that one to the vet to get it put back together. The vet doesn't know if it's an ordinary dog fight or a staged one.

    The bigger something like this gets - the more likely they are to get caught... I think it's not long now you will be able to put a tracker *in* your dog... with the microchip...

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    A tracker?? How awesome would that be!

    Well Max is chipped. He will be getting desexed between 5-6 months as well. I've got an appointment with the vet this morning for a rash and lump that has come up under his front leg (armpit?? Lol) area so I'm going to ask about proceedures in dog theft cases and if they have ever had a dog brought to them like what you have described.

    At this point I'm prepared to do anything to make sure Max is as safe as possible.

    I also read last night another event that has happened in the next suburb (don't read on if you have a squeamish personality) where a lady had two purebred English staffies. She had a 2yo desexed male and a 12 week old pup. Both went missing during daylight hours. She made reports (dogs were chipped and registered) put up signs around the neighbourhood, door knocked etc but no one had apparently seen anything. Two days later the pup was returned to her.... In pieces. She had the misfortune of finding the pup mauled and left on her driveway. The older dog has still not been found. So the owner took the pups body to the vet and it was examined. She was told that although the pup had died from a broken neck most likely caused by a violent shake in the mouth of its attacker there was also a clean edged cut along its throat thought to have been made by a knife or similar. The article said this is how they "bleed" dogs. I'm not going to go into what I found out about "bleeding" an animal, I don't think it's appropriate here but feel free to look it up. Warning tho I didn't sleep much last night with many horrible images and thoughts going through my head so be selective if you do choose to read into it please.... I wish I hadn't now
    Now why would someone be so inhuman? To steal a pup to use as baiting is one thing (yes ugly and disgusting) but to then have the nerve to return to the house and dump the little body...... I was in tears reading it.... I just don't understand what people get out of doing these things.

    I remember when we got Jake (14years ago) from Lightning Ridge - an opal mining town. Jake was the runt of the litter and the person who had bred him said he would be no good as a hunting dog so unless we wanted him he would be "bled" of course that was like raving a red flag at a bull for me, we took Jake there and then as well as asking if we could have the other two pups that were there but he said the two bigger pups would be used for hunting. I tried reporting the owner for the threat on Jakes life but without proof and in a town like Lightning Ridge no one was really surprised or bothered by it. It seemed "normal" to them....I remember thinking "get me out of this hick town" and left there with a very heavy heart and eyes wide open. I think this was the start of my hatred for the human race.

    As it seems (theft) to be going on here quite a bit (on the GC) I have been thinking about starting an FB page for people who live here to post photos and their experience to help find stolen dogs and to get things like what kinds of "tagging" to look out for..... Still thinking bout that tho...

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    There are so many dogs "free to good home" on the net - why would anyone need to steal one.

    Hope that lady reported all to RSPCA and police. That's the trouble with the net. It's one thing for you to post it happened to you, but it's another to read a friend of a friend at school read on FB that this happened... ie might not even been in Australia if it happened at all. Though I know that what you describe is part of the culture in rural Korea. Probably no dogs left at all in North Korea given most of the humans there are starving.

    FB has been quite good at getting missing dogs returned. There are lost dog pages for every city and region in Australia.

    And most of us here feel like - the more we know people, the more we love our dog(s). At least some of the time. It's a trait of the dog obsessed...

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    There was a spout of dog theft in my area, about a year ago, for bait dogs also. There was a dog fighting gang in Sunshine Victoria. I know this, as a patient i had was involved in breeding dogs for this purpose. Not a facebook whisper, a real front line contact. The police have since charged and arrested the ring leaders, and that client i had, died of luekemia last year, karma police took him out. no custodial sentences were given. Just good behaviour bonds to thugs. that'll learn em im sure! NOT.

    They were tagging the back fences of houses with those nylon zip tags you use in DIY from bunnings. (this was a rumour, not 1st hand info, from facebook).

    I train food refusal, as once had a dog that would eat anything given by anyone, so now do this with each dog as a precaution.
    I am now relaxed about it, still leaving mine tied up outside of shops whilst i nip in. (live country and people do this).

    Or, you can obsess over it always living in fear.

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    I know beanie, living in Beaudesert (where we were on property) my dogs only ever got tied up when they went in the tray of the ute or when I had a mare going into labour or when I was on the ride on or the quad bike (both dogs used to love to "race" the mower or the quad which was just too dangerous and they always gave the mare too much interest which would stress them out too much)

    How do you train your dogs to refuse food from strangers? Everyone here including the kids gives and takes food from Max.

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