A dog in Framingham, Massachusetts that went missing after a family reported their car had been stolen is finally found safe and sound.
Jasmine, the dog, was left inside her owner’s unlocked, running car for mere minutes when a thief came up and jumped inside. He took the car, the owners cell phone and terrified Jasmine.
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The Metrowest Daily News reports on Saturday, around noon, Bill Calvario called police after his car, a 2013 Nissan SUV, was taken outside 44 Morton St., Framingham.
The car was found the next day but 11-year old Jasmine was nowhere to be found.
“She’s part of the family,” Bernie Calvario said. “It’s horrible what happened. Unbelievable, unthinkable, horrible.”
Jasmine is a white Bichon Frise, which are known for being very expensive dog breeds. Bichon’s can cost over two thousand dollars.
The dog owners offered a cash reward for the dog’s safe return and expressed that whoever had her should bring her into a shelter, or the veterinarian immediately.
“We just want her back. No questions asked,” said Bernie Calvario.
After days of panic from the Calvario family, Jasmine finally turned up. She was brought to the Boston Animal Shelter on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017. Her owner’s Bernie and Bill Calvario picked her up around 2pm. The family reunited just in time for Valentine’s Day.
If your dog is stolen it’s important to alert the authorities as soon as possible.
Did you know the most common victims of pet theft of purebred dogs? Did you know that pet theft is becoming more common? Here’s are some tips and tricks from Paws.com, to keep your dog safe this year. You wouldn’t want your dog to end up like Jasmine.
- Keep your pet indoors, especially when you are not at home.
- Do not let your pet, even your cat, roam freely, unsupervised in your neighborhood.
- Keep your dog on a leash when you go for a walk.
- Properly identify your cats and dogs. Keep a collar and up-to-date ID tag and license on the collar, so he can quickly be reunited with you if he is lost. Give your pet additional security with a microchip.
- Spay or neuter your animal. This will lower his desire to roam and medical laboratories often will not accept animals who have been altered.
- Do not use “free to good home ads” when looking for a new home for your pet. Do not place your pet in a new home without checking the new guardian’s references, visiting the premises, or having the new guardians sign a pet adoption contract. (See more information on finding a new home for your pet.)
- Never give animals away for free. Even if you charge a minimal adoption fee of $25, you’ll be more likely to deter those who are trying to scam you or harm the animal.
- When returning a stray animal to his rightful guardian, request proof of ownership, including photos of the animal, vet records, and/or licensing papers.
- Be aware of strangers in the neighborhood, and keep a close eye on what is happening in your community. If you suspect an animal scam is taking place, inform your neighbors immediately. Report anything suspicious to the police.