Dog theft in our area (the Pacific Northwest) is huge. People are bold
enough to break into people's homes to steal purebred dogs -- they then
sell them at flea markets, on craigslist, ebay, and anywhere else they can.
Mixed breed dogs they use for fight bait, or wait for "Reward" posts, to
gain a few easy bucks. People steal dogs out of cars in parking lots every
day for the same reasons. My dogs (see photo) LOVE to go for car rides --
which is great, but if I'm running errands and can't keep them within
eye-sight, then I wait to do that errand later, or take my dogs home. NO
DOG should EVER be left unsupervised in a yard or car. My next door
neighbor had their two shih tzus stolen out of their yard a couple of years
ago -- never saw them again.