Chihuahuas are being kidnapped for ransom in Europe

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Italian Chihuahuas Being Kidnapped for Ransom
Dognapping is on the rise in Italy, and it's gotten so bad, dog owners have been advised to take extra care of their pups.

The epidemic began in 2014. Since then, more than 4,000 Chihuahuas have been taken. The most thefts have taken place in Rome, Florence, Milan, Parma, and Naples.

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Italian officials have confirmed that Chihuahuas have been the main target, as the breed is extremely valuable.
The pooches are worth around $2,800 each, which makes them prime targets for being held for ransom.

The dogs, often deemed "toy dogs," have a unique size and look, which also make them valuable to breeders. This puts female dogs at an even higher threat.

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In the past, dognappers went after breeds like Dalmatians, Labradors, and Yorkshire Terriers.

Now, owners are being advised to keep an extra close watch on their dogs, especially when in parks.

Fortunately, with pups as cute as these ones, it's not hard to keep your eyes on them all the time.

By: Amanda Kabbabe

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