Posted at: 07/31/2013 7:11 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Nina Simon doesn’t walk her purebred beagle Koko in Albuquerque’s Altura Park any more. Somebody stole Koko from Simon’s locked and secure backyard a couple of weeks ago. At least three other purebred dogs were stolen at about the same time in the same area near the park.
“It’s just devastating,” Simon said, watching other people walk their dogs in the park. “My children are absolutely destroyed, and the other neighbors in the neighborhood are also devastated. Not only the ones that have lost their dogs, but the ones that have heard about this and are panicked about losing their dogs as well.”
Altura Park is the crown jewel of the prosperous neighborhood, which is well known for its dog-friendly ways. It seems like everybody has at least one dog, and most of them seem to be purebred. Bentley is a two year old purebred poodle, whose owner, Serena Anderson, has heard all about the dog-nappings in her neighborhood.
“Stealing somebody’s dog is just like taking their child,” she said while Bentley chased tennis balls in the park. “Our dog is our child. We have no children, so our child has fur and four legs. To me, it would break my heart if he just disappeared."
Dog owners say they’re taking all kinds of extra precautions now, hoping their pet won’t be next.
Police say a lot of stolen dogs wind up for sale on the internet on Craig’s List, looking like perfectly legitimate transactions. If you buy one that way, you may want to have your veterinarian check it for a microchip. You don’t want to buy a stolen dog!