Residents of Mexico City face a peculiar problem with their pets: dog theft has skyrocketed 125% over the past 10 years, according to a report from insurer hellosafe.
The document reveals that internet searches linked to the theft of dogs in the country’s capital rebounded in December 2018; In addition, they had an average annual increase of 275% between 2017 and 2018. Since then, the average number of dog thefts in the capital has not decreased.
The municipalities in which the most dog thefts have been registered are:
The insurer adds that the theft of dogs is done for different reasons. The main one is resale, but they are also stolen for ransom or clandestine fights. The type of dog breeds that criminals take is different, depending on the use they want to give them.
According to Inegi figures, in Mexico there were more than 80 million pets at the end of 2021; 43.8 million of them are dogs.
In addition, there are 13 million stray dogs in the country, many of which are originally Christmas gifts, says hellosafe.
The report estimates that in our country the abandonment rate is between 45% and 50% for pets that are given away at Christmas. This phenomenon usually occurs in the first quarter of the year.
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