Today's WaPo has an article. Here's the basics:
:...a crime that appears to be on the rise across the nation: dognapping. Police generally don’t maintain statistics that separate stolen pets from other thefts, but the latest numbers available from an American Kennel Club affiliate that registers animals show dognappings increased 30 percent in the third quarter of 2022 over the same period the previous year.
While animal shelters are overflowing with dogs to adopt, experts say brisk demand for and short supply of pure breeds and designer pooches like pomskies, shihpoos and maltipoos is creating a lucrative resale market where stolen dogs can fetch thousands."
This may be another good reason not to let your dog outside alone.
[One of my neighbors saw a coyote on our block at 8 PM the other night. That's another reason.
No more solo trips into the backyard for that 10 PM bedtime pee.]