Typically, February 14th is known for being Valentine's Day. For Karen Chamberlain the little man in her life known as Jack was stolen from her apartment in Studio City back on November 11, 2013 during a robbery.
They think he has likely resold to an unsuspecting person who has no idea the dog they bought was stolen. People need to think twice about where they buy dogs from – if it's on the street, at a flea market, out of a car, on Craigslist, or the like, it's probably less than legitimate if not outright illegal. And it is equally important to get the word out that if someone has obtained a dog in this manner, they need to take it to a vet or shelter to be scanned.
This February 14, 2014 pet owners across the nation should be aware, this is national "Pet Theft Awareness Day." Launched by Last Chance for Animals in 1988, Pet Theft Awareness Day is aimed at educating animal owners in keeping their pets safe from thieves. Did you know approximately 2 million pets are stolen in America each year and that this is one of the fastest growing crimes?
A NOTE FROM KAREN:
One problem in recovering Jack, and so many others, is that there are no laws to require vets to scan an animal. So the microchip in Jack, and the Pet Amber Alert we put out, and even the $5,000 reward I am offering for his safe return, mean nothing if the thieves sold him to an unsuspecting person who has no idea the dog they bought was stolen. People need to think twice about where they buy dogs from – if it's on the street, at a flea market, out of a car, on Craigslist, or the like, it's probably less than legitimate if not outright illegal. And it is equally important to get the word out that if someone has obtained a dog in this manner, they need to take it to a vet or shelter to be scanned.
And that's not the only issue. Even if caught, the penalties for the thieves are far too light; the police told me that if they found the people who took Jack, they'd probably be out in three days. Not much of a deterrent, obviously, when they are looking to make a quick buck. But it's animal cruelty at the very least. To many of us, our pets are our children, but even if they are just a pet, they are living creature with feelings, and Jack's world has been torn away from him, just as mine has.
It has been more than 12 weeks since my home was invaded and Jack taken. I was, and am still, devastated. What I have experienced, on the positive side, is a HUGE outpouring of support from the Facebook community, with over a thousand followers and thousands of shares on our page, Jack Is Missing. Most of them are complete strangers and they are from all around the globe. In L. A., they go out and post fliers, talk to people, and try to get the word out and help me find Jack. It's a miracle, the amount of love and prayers and effort people have given to us, when they don't even know us, and they ask for nothing in return.
From November 2013:
Imagine coming home from work one day to find that not only had your apartment been robbed but your furry baby was stolen! Well, that's what happened to Karen Chamberlain earlier this week. She found her Studio City apartment broken into and worse than that, her six-year-old Maltese puppy Jack, was gone.
Jack is a sweet teacup Maltese with a pink nose and has a snaggletooth. Jack is tiny, shy, frail, and very much attached to Karen. He has been missing since November 11. Jack has to be fed special food because he has stomach issues, so it's very important that he is returned or his health will be at risk.
Karen is working Twitter, Facebook, Craigslist, and virtually all the online social networking she can find.
If you see or find Jack, please call 1-888-466-3242 or 818-452-8722.
Microchip #: 4912304F42
Facebook Group for Jack: Jack is Missing
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