Pet owners on alert as risks rise.

By People Staff
Updated November 19, 2008 04:21 PM

Who knew that the state of the economy could put our precious pets in danger? According to a report this summer from MSNBC, criminals are “pet-napping” pricey pets as a means to make money in this troubled economy.

The most common breeds that are targeted, the report says, include expensive looking purebreds, toy group breeds and puppies that can sometimes fetch $1500 a dog.

Cats are also at risk. There have been reports of cat abduction in the UK recently.

Earlier this year the American Kennel Club warned about the alarming rise of dog thefts. The warning said that in the first three months of 2008 the organization had tracked 30 thefts by following news reports, compared to ten in all of 2007.