A Warning To Pet Owners, Thefts Are On The Rise

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

Dog thefts are becoming a problem nationwide. The American Kennel Club says across the country reports of dog-napping have tripled so far this year compared to last.

Now people in Mercer County are being told to keep a close eye on their pets. There have been several reported dog-nappings in the Harrodsburg area recently.

One woman in particular is taking extreme measures after someone stole her animals.

"I'm installing a security system, with video surveillance, so it doesn't happen again," said Missy Releford.

Releford is a true dog lover. "They are like my children," said Releford.

Since December three of her dogs were taken from her Harrodsburg home.

"It's been devastating, I just can't understand why people would do that," Releford said.

Her Sheltie, Star, was the first to go missing just before Christmas. "I thought I would never see her again," Releford said. "Then I received an anonymous phone call, a woman told me she knew where my two Yorkies were."

The anonymous tip led Releford to a home on North Lane St.

"When I got to the home, I flung the door open and my Sheltie, Star came running to me and jumped into my arms," said Releford.

Her Sheltie that had been missing since December. Police found one of her Yorkies in the attic hidden inside a dresser drawer.

The homeowner, April Reed, 23, of Harrodsburg was arrested and charged with felony theft, receiving stolen property, and criminal trespassing.

Several days later her other Yorkie was found running in a field. Police say the dog had been staying at a home of a relative of Reed.

"I'm so blessed to have them all back," said Releford.

The Commonwealth Animal Hospital, where Releford works has reported an unusually high number of missing dogs this year.

"My fear is the dogs that are filling up our missing dog wall were stolen," said Releford.

County officials are asking pet owner's to keep a close eye on their pets. April Reed bonded out of jail last week and declined to comment.

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  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on May 5, 2008 at 03:22 PM
    Yeah there are a lot of people sitting in prison that thought the exact same thing that you do Early.
  • by greg on May 5, 2008 at 12:27 PM
    Most are used as sacrafices by devil worshipers and skateboarders.
  • by Early Cuyler Location: Squidville on May 5, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    Bart, you are allowed to use "Deadly Force" in KY. wherever and whenever you feel Physically threatened........if the culprit is dead then there is only one side of the story. Catch my drift there bud?
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2008 at 08:17 PM
    if some one steals my dog they better pray that i dont ever find out who did it.cause they would never steal another one.i rest my case
  • by To nealson in pikeville on May 3, 2008 at 07:22 PM
    You're right..it's better to keep your mouth shut than to be thought a fool. By the way, the word is ridiculous, NOT redicilous...fool! LOL!
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on May 3, 2008 at 06:46 PM
    To Jack in Pike County - You don't have the right to use deadly force to avert a property crime. For example, you can't shoot someone who is stealing something from your property or vandalizing your property. Now inside the home is a different story, but just catching someone in your yard is not grounds.
  • by Billie Location: leslie on May 3, 2008 at 11:57 AM
    That woman would never have made it to the jail if those had been MY pets.
  • by Jack Location: Pike County on May 3, 2008 at 07:09 AM
    You do know that now in the state of KY you have the right to use force to protect yourself and your property. Who knows what some dog thief might do once they are on your property. I myself follow the 357 Code of Law and Ehics.
  • by nealson Location: pikeville on May 2, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    I am an owner of several pets. THey do mean alot to me. I could not have children and this might be the case for this lady. Ya know, its better to keep your mouth shut than and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. As for your tactless comment, the dogs were confined. And as for your hamburger comment, kinda rude and redicilous. If they were meant to become burgers, shall we check your grill first?
  • by Anonymous on May 2, 2008 at 04:26 PM
    it always amazes me that people like "Parent" will get on here and make fun of people who have had their pets stolen, abused, or killed and blame them, or turn it in to a kids vs. animals debate. But if there is an article about kids stealing car radios, people will post endless comments calling for the death penalty! Why do some people think is it okay to hurt or take someone's pet, but not anything else they own? My point is that there would be far more outrage if this article was about any other kind of stolen property.
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