Mexico Has a Dog Kidnapping Problem

By: Mark Byrnes

Article ReprintA veterinary doctor prepares a scanner and microchip before implanting the chip into a dog in Mexico City

Mexico has a well-documented history of kidnappings — over 26,000 have gone missing in the last six years. And that scourge isn’t limited to people.

Animal care and control organizations in Mexico report a quadrupling of dog kidnappings around the country in recent years. Ransoms for breed dogs can hit as much as seven times the market value for such pets.

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