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Each year, the Humane Rescue Alliance reunites more than 850 animals with their families through our pet reunification programs, including animals who have been kidnapped.
In January 2022, the Washington Metropolitan Police Department made an arrest in a case involving a car theft. While we’re not commonly involved in these sorts of cases, MPD alerted us that there had been a chihuahua in the car when it was stolen.
The next day, a woman found a frightened chihuahua alone in her yard. When animal control officer Erica Meier arrived on scene, she found a tiny chihuahua wearing a red nylon bow collar cowering in a stairwell. With this description, dispatcher Karen Sweigard went into action – she knew this was the dog from the MPD report. Karen immediately contacted the dog’s owner, Daniel, who rushed to our Oglethorpe facility. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of our field services team and MPD detectives, our customer care team was able to reunite Kira with her dad as soon as possible.
There are ways to keep your pet safe in the unlikely event they are kidnapped that are also critical in ensuring your pet is returned if the unthinkable happens.
While the idea of losing your companion animal through kidnapping is frightening, taking these preventative measures and acting quickly in the event your pet is kidnapped can go a long way in keeping them home safe.
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