Rescues, residents report dogs are being stolen in Butler Co.

Rescues, residents report dogs are being stolen in Butler Co.
Published: Mar. 17, 2017 at 1:19 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2017 at 9:26 PM EDT
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Dog stolen in Hamilton (Source: Facebook)
Dog stolen in Hamilton (Source: Facebook)

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Animal rescues and residents are reporting that dogs are being stolen out of yards in Butler County. Now, they want to warn other pet owners so they can protect their pets.

People living in Fairfield, Middletown and Hamilton have reported it.

A foster with Joseph's Legacy Animal Rescue said that a man in a red truck went after a Great Dane that she is currently fostering, but she was able to scare the man away.

"It's not OK," the foster, who asked to remain anonymous to protect her animals, said. "It's not okay to take something that's not yours."

Pam Lawson lives in Middletown and said that her dog is currently missing. She is confident she knows what happened.

"He was stolen out of the yard somehow," Lawson said. "
It's devastating. I can't even explain the emotional feeling."

On top of those cases, neighbors said that a black lab and a pitbull were almost taken in Fairfield.

A Middletown couple said that they stopped a man from grabbing their dog out of their fenced yard, and a Hamilton veteran believes his missing dog is in the hands of a thief. 

It is not clear if any of the incidents are connected, and there is no information that explains where the thieves are taking the stolen animals.

Lawson has her theories.

"They're selling it for money, or drugs, or trading it... or something," Lawson said. 

According to rescues and dog owners, the thieves are getting their hands on all kinds of breeds that are all different sizes.

Rescuers said that if you want to protect your pets, you should not leave them outside alone, and you should always pay attention.

"Keep them in your sight, and watch who is on your street as much as you can," the Joseph's Legacy foster said.

National pet organizations, like the ASPCA, have estimated that about two million pets are stolen every year, so this issue is not confined to Butler County. Some animals have been sold and others have been used for dog fighting.

To learn about more ways that you can protect your pets, visit the American Kennel Club's website or contact a local animal rescue or shelter.

If you have seen any of the missing pets featured in this story, or if you think you may have information on the animal's whereabouts, please contact FOX19 NOW reporter Jessica Schmidt at

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