From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May 1996:
The third biennial update of the
ANIMAL PEOPLE pet theft log shows dramatic
changes in patterns of both pet theft
itself and prosecutions since the 1990 Pet
Theft Act amendments to the Animal
Welfare Act took effect in January 1992.
Since January 1992, 56 perpetrators
have stolen 218 pets in cases where the
fate of the stolen animals is known. Taken
were 189 dogs (87%) and 29 cats.
Thefts by dogfighters accounted for
48 missing animals (22%); other sadism
accounted for 47 more (22%). Sadism
accounted for 44% of the thefts overall.