Dog Theft Increases More Than 100 Percent in São Paulo

There were 137 cases registered last year, compared to 65 in 2017; fearful, owners resort to chips.

By Xiu Ying, Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - Dog theft increased by 110.8 percent between 2017 and 2018 in the city of São Paulo, according to data from the Secretariat of Public Security (SSP). There were 137 cases registered last year, compared to 65 the year before.

Most crimes were committed in homes (53). One of the stolen dogs was a French bulldog, Pierre, aged 10, at the end of last year. "Not a toothpick was missing from the house, only Pierre," said his owner, lawyer Daniela Costa e Silva.

Two weeks later an internet campaign worked . . .

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