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Tue, Jan 22 | By Matt Van Hoven | 831

ST. CHARLES, Mo. - According to news station KMOV in Missouri, two men are posing as animal control officers so they can steal people's animals. According to the report, two men dressed in plain clothes went to the home of Kathleen Spin… more ›

Dog-nappers Pose as Animal Control
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Melanie
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Melanie
5 years ago

That is horrible....it's funny the things you might be willing to do when you are thrown off guard by a request or demand. Easy to say how you'd act after you have time to think about it. Not always easy to think on your feet.

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BHOLTZ
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BHOLTZ
5 years ago

I would never just had over my dog to anyone

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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

Wow! This is scary!

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

This is very concerning!

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marc h.
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marc h.
5 years ago

wow! I don't think I'd ever just give my pet to someone. If they wanted it I'd insist on taking it to the animal control facility myself.

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Chitown
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Chitown
5 years ago

Oh, man, is this ever a public service message! NEVER relinquish your pet (or your child, like one mother in Florida did!) to any official-looking person without checking and double-checking their identification with authorities.

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

Makes you think about how cautious you have to be today.

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debby r.
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debby r.
5 years ago

That is horrible, such sick people out there.

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Sherri R.
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Sherri R.
5 years ago

Thank God she called and didn't just hand over her dog!

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

She was smart to call and check on these guys, and very lucky they left w/o hurting anyone.

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Charleshjr
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Charleshjr
5 years ago

Glad she was alert

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Good for this woman that she had the gumption to check them out!

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Ronatha
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Ronatha
6 years ago

She was smart to verify the men and did the correct thing! I know my dogs are never off leash, they are licensed, have a current rabies vaccine, and well cared for so there is no reason for confiscation. I would never allow either dog to be confiscated as they are mine by law. My Mal was a highly trained military dog and would never have let them take her without my permission. She would resort to force I'm afraid (she was trained to do so by air force previously). What were their intentions? I doubt selling the dogs could garner much in this economy right now. Sounds very suspicious...

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
6 years ago

This woman was very smart!

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

I agree.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
6 years ago

Thats scary! Glad there was a good turnout with that inciddent.

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
6 years ago

I wonder if they are looking for purebreed dogs that they can sell for the inflated prices some of these critters go for. Good thing the woman had the sense to call animal control.

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
6 years ago

At least this woman was smart enough to realize that these people were not animal control. I often wonder if dog nabbing happens as often as people claim...and then they always say they are being stolen for the labs. I just find that hard to believe that it would occur as often as some people claim.
I do not like andecdotal stories but facts.....there never seems to be any facts associated with the claims of animal nabbing.

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Lara W.
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Lara W.
6 years ago

People can be creeps.

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SJL78
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SJL78
6 years ago

Low lifes never cease to amaze me.

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YankeeTicketMan
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YankeeTicketMan
6 years ago

Should be no different than impersonating a police officer. Stiffer penalty.

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Melody L.
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Melody L.
6 years ago

No doubht about it.

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Abegail
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Abegail
6 years ago

Pathetic people can stoop REALLY low.

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
6 years ago

People will do anything to steal.

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John H.
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John H.
6 years ago

If this isn't lower than low!!

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Illbewaitingpet
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Illbewaitingpet
6 years ago

Very scary! Always confirm.

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Amy R.
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Amy R.
6 years ago

Scary, but good to know that they would have ID to check!

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

Very scary situation, epecially that they had a van similiar to the local animal control.

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Tammy K.
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Tammy K.
6 years ago

Just another security issue that pet owners need to be aware of. Since these are our children, we need to take the same precautions as a parent would do with a small child, beware of strangers.

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Inooshi
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Inooshi
6 years ago

Oh, that is scary! THank goodness she didn't let him go with the men.

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

One smart lady! I am glad she checked up on them.

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Jeanie F.
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Jeanie F.
6 years ago

It never ceases to amaze me what people can come up with.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Scary story!!! People are nuts!!

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Karen H.
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Karen H.
6 years ago

I've heard of this type scam before. Never let anyone take anything without double checking and then I'd fight it til a court orders it.

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mARY ANN M.
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mARY ANN M.
6 years ago

As another commenter said..great thinking on the part of the dog owner. Not enough information here. What kind of dog was Gizmo, pure bred or mixed breed? That would tell me a little more about the potential intent of the would be thieves. If pure bred, possibly to resell but if mixed breed possibly to sell to laboratories or like which would be even more disturbing.

It is great for stories like this to put owners on alert.

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Mary G.
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Mary G.
6 years ago

Good fast thinking on the part of Kathleen Spink. All too often lately we hear stories of perverts posing as police officers, now we have sons of bitches posing as animal control officers. If animal control comes to one's door, you must demand identification. My next step would be call my local animal control and ascertain exactly what the problem was. I certainly would not surrender my animal just like that.

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

You can never be too careful. Smart woman to check them out. The things people will do...

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Louise P.
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Louise P.
6 years ago

Very scary. Always ask for identification.

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TimDemp30
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TimDemp30
6 years ago

I wouldn't let any stranger near my dog. You never know. You hear of stories of dog fighters needed small dogs to get the fighting dogs all wired up. Terrible.

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Jim  S.
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Jim S.
6 years ago

This is just so wrong. Some people just have to be jerks.

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Megan
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Megan
6 years ago

Good Grief! No one is safe anymore. At least the owner had the common sense to call and verify. I guess I would be cautious considering the dogs were in a fenced back yard and that isn't a crime!

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

way to go owner for standing up

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Tanya F.
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Tanya F.
6 years ago

Wow what these dog napping people do and try to get away with. I don't care who you are if you tell me you are confiscating my animals you better bring the army with you. I'm glad she stood her ground because if these people got Gizmo where and what would they have done with him. Scary.

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Sandra P.
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Sandra P.
6 years ago

This is scary, but at least Gizmo's owner challenged their claim.

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SandyReedy
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SandyReedy
6 years ago

wow! Glad this lady was on the ball, and didn't fall for the scam. These con men are below contempt.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

What an unusual and scarry story. It makes you think????

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

Try to take my dog without a fight

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

You have got to be crazy to think that someone would come to my house and try and take my pets. They would have one hell of a fight on thier hands. I don't care how good thier credentials were. You need probable cause

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

I wonder what they wanted with the dog.

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Mel
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Mel
6 years ago

Glad to hear she was smart enough to call and verify before handing Gizmo over. It is scary to think about why they wanted him. I hope it was to sell and not anything bad or hurtful.

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5doxiemom
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5doxiemom
6 years ago

strange-- fenced in yard --no need for leash -- slam door in face -- call the authorities!!

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

That is scary. Glad she didn't hand over her dog.

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