Missing Dogs Mystery
George Hobson, who trained Hanes' dog Zoey, said such thefts happen all-too often.
"[They] steal four or five and move on and steal four or five and go somewhere else," Hobson said.
Hanes added, "It seemed to me that it has happened three, maybe four, times over the last few months leading up to when Zoey was taken."
Another area dog, Jonas, has been missing since Nov. 28. His family said Jonas could have not escaped or jumped their fence unless someone opened the gate.
"Once I started asking and describing Zoey, that's when they would say, 'We've heard of other labs being taken in this area, too,'" said Hanes.
Added Hobson, "And the fact that they were labradors and this is a big waterfowl area, that's a big possibility."
Hobson said owners should not keep dogs outdoors too long without supervision, should beware of strange vehicles or visitors, should microchip or tatoo dogs, and should put information about health problems on ID tags.
"'Fido needs his medications three times a day,' whether he does or not. People are much less likely to take or keep a dog that needs medication than one they see is totally healthy," Hobson explained.
"Watch 'em really, really closely because you never know what could happen even in a nice neighborhood like Arcadia," Hanes advised. "There are still folks out there that would love to have a gorgeous, trained, very well-behaved dog. And I hate it that I don't have her now."
The Missouri Department of Agriculture warned Hobson and other kennel owners this month about people who are releasing possibly stolen dogs.
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