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If you own a cat, you’re more likely than anyone else to be caught in a theft, according to the latest research from the National Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
In the latest National Animal Protection Survey, which surveyed 1,100 people in the United States and Canada, nearly half (49%) of respondents said they had experienced an animal theft in the past month, compared with about one-third of those who didn’t own pets.
It also found that cat owners are far more likely, by a greater than two-to-one margin, to be charged with felonies in their jurisdictions, compared to dog owners.
And the most common form of animal theft is theft of a cat.
The survey found that the average annual cost of a lost pet for owners is more than $200, and the average cost for a stolen pet is $1,800.
Among the most expensive crimes, dog owners are charged with an average of $1.25 million in property damage.
Most cat owners (72%) are charged $2,000 to $3,000 in restitution.
Dog owners are also more likely (by a wider margin) to face criminal charges of pet cruelty (34%), which is defined as the use of a pet for an intentional or negligent act.
More than half (55%) of pet owners (up from 42%) reported having reported theft of their pet in the previous year.
About two-thirds of cat owners also report having reported the theft of an animal in the prior year.
About half of dog owners (48%) also report the theft in their past year.