What do you do when someone steals your cat?

What do you do when someone steals your cat?

If you suspect someone’s stolen your cat, you must file a report with the police straight away. Afterward, put up fliers with your cat’s photo, register your cat as missing with local authorities, check with animal shelters and vets, and start posting your stolen cat’s face on social media.

How can I stop my cat from being stolen?

Preventing your cat from being stolen

  1. Put a collar on your cat. Collars are useful because you can attach an ID tag containing your contact details.
  2. Get your cat spayed or neutered.
  3. Bring them in overnight.
  4. Be careful when you move house.

Is it common for cats to be stolen?

It has been estimated that up to 360,000 cats are stolen a year, although over half of these are eventually returned. With a greater understanding of the risks of cat theft, cat owners are in a much stronger position to keep their pets safe.

Why do people steal cats?

Organized pet thieves steal cats and dogs for two main purposes—to use as bait in dogfighting and to sell to laboratories through B dealers. Because pet theft is illegal, it is difficult to estimate the number of animals involved, but it is believed to be in the tens of thousands annually.

Can I report my cat missing to the police?

If your cat is lost or missing then the police will not help you. However, if you suspect that someone has hidden your cat in their home, intending to keep it or a witness saw someone place your cat in a vehicle, then you have a legitimate complaint (a prima facie case) that a theft has taken place.

What do you do if someone won’t give your pet back?

If the dog is yours and you can prove it, then if it is not returned you can contact the local police and file a theft report. Police may or may not get involved, sometimes they decide that ownership is not clear and the dispute is a civil matter.

What is the punishment for stealing a cat?

The penalty for conviction under this statute is imprisonment in county jail for 60 to 90 days and/or a fine of $50 to $100. In states where animal theft is not specifically addressed, stealing an animal is usually encompassed within the state’s theft or larceny laws.

How much is a stolen catalytic converter worth?

While a stolen catalytic converter can fetch a few hundred dollars at a metal recycler, victims pay an average of $1,000 to replace it, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

What is the most hated cat breed?

Bengal. The Bengal was the name most noted by experts when asked which breeds are most likely to be stolen. The Bengal’s popularity and unique fur are the main reasons for this pedigreed felony.

What is the most stolen car in America?

Honda Civic
Statistics for the most stolen vehicles

Rank Car Number stolen
1 Honda Civic 38,426
2 Honda Accord 36,815
3 Ford pickup 36,355
4 Chevrolet pickup 31,566

Who do I report my missing cat to?

Notify your local dog/animal warden that your pet is missing. Contact rescue organisations such as RSPCA, SSPCA, Cats Protection and local rescue centres. Get in touch with your local vet practices in case someone has reported your pet found to them.

What can you do if someone steals your pet?

What To Do if Your Pet Was Stolen

  1. Call the police right away and ask to file a report.
  2. Give the HomeAgain lost pet recovery service the details of the alleged theft.
  3. Call all of the shelters, veterinary offices, and grooming salons in your town and neighboring towns.

Is it possible for someone to steal a cat?

It doesn’t happen so much with our current cats, but our older animals used to happily disappear for a week to live with holiday cottage renters who would spoil them rotten. They’d come back to us fatter, tunring their noses up at their normal food.

Is it illegal to steal a cat from a lab?

There is however some good news. A law was recently passed in 2016 that prohibits the sale of randomly collected animals to labs which puts Class B dealers out of business but you are still at risk of your cat being stolen if you aren’t careful about it. Is It Illegal To Steal A Cat?

Is it common for people to take in Stray Cats?

It’s very common for people to take in cats that they think are strays, but are actually not. I did once. It didn’t occur to me to take him to the vet to look for a microchip – there were no ‘Missing’ posters up, none of the local rescues had had any calls from him, nobody seemed to be looking for him.

Is it true that people kill their cats?

Sadly I expect a lot of cats do get killed a fair distance from their homes so their owners never find out. Particularly agree with the BIBs.