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ArkLaTex residents report rash of dog-nappings

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Joe Young's 3-year-old Jagdterrier, Dixie, went missing from her yard on Tuesday, August 27. At least one witness reportedly saw Dixie being picked up by a woman in a reddish or orange-colored Jeep. Joe Young's 3-year-old Jagdterrier, Dixie, went missing from her yard on Tuesday, August 27. At least one witness reportedly saw Dixie being picked up by a woman in a reddish or orange-colored Jeep.
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Local dog owners are reporting dogs being snatched from yards, and some suspect they are being sold or returned for a reward.

Shreveport Dog Park Alliance Director Cynthia Keith fears some may be used as bait dogs. "Worst case scenario, they would get the dog and I understand they use duct tape and they tape their mouths closed to where the dog is defenseless and they will throw it in a dog fighting pit to practice the dog fighting and let them get the taste of blood."

Keith says her organization has been contacted with reports of missing and possibly stolen dogs all over the area in recent weeks. "Purebred type dogs, smaller dogs that are recognizably expensive dogs that are being dog-napped. They are doing something called dog flipping where they are taking the dog and they resell the dog or they could use it to breed."

Joe Young says he put his 3-year-old Jagdterrier Dixie outside on a clip in his Highland neighborhood yard last week, and "45 minutes later the dog was gone." He asked neighbors in the area, thinking that the dog had just gotten loose, and learned there might have been something more sinister behind his pup's disappearance. "I found out that my dog had been picked up by a woman in a reddish-colored Jeep-type vehicle." He says a neighbor told him that they saw the dog-napping happen. "It makes me angry mostly. A dog-napper has got to be one of the worst kinds of person, I mean that's next to kidnapping as far as I'm concerned."

Young isn't the only one who says they have spotted a reddish-colored vehicle scoping out dogs. "We either think it was a early 90s model Ford Ranger, but I think it might have been a Jeep," says Stacey Taylor, who says she saw a post on the Shreveport Dog Alliance Facebook Page and recognized the description.

Taylor says she spotted a woman in a similar vehicle a few weeks ago in her Benton neighborhood stopped near her neighbor's yard, where the neighbor's dog was outside. "Oh dear God, she was going to steal that dog," Taylor recalls. "I was really getting nervous at this point. I walked towards the truck and she stops and I say ‘can I help you?' Because I thought maybe she was looking for a lost dog or something. She said 'Well, I would like to have him.'"

Both Young and Taylor say they called police to report the events, and Cynthia Keith encourages anyone else who may have fallen victim to do the same.

Keith also suggests owners of lost and missing dogs check Craigslist frequently amont the listings for dogs for sale.

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