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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Chihuahuas are being kidnapped for ransom in Europe
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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.