It's a dog lover's worst nightmare.
Two people in uniform show up at your door and say they're police officers working on a case of animal cruelty. And your dog is the victim. And you are the abuser.
After they confiscate the dog you love and treat as a family member, you call the number on the police department flier they gave you. The voice on the end of the line says the police department has no record of your case - they didn't send anyone.
This scam really happened, and is just one awful instance of hundreds of dog thefts that take place each year. And the number of stolen dogs is growing: Dog theft is up 800 percent nationwide, from 71 reported thefts in 2008 to 637 in 2014, according to data provided by the American Kennel Club. The most common kinds of dogs stolen were pit bulls, Yorkshire terriers, Chihuahuas, bulldogs, Pomeranians, Shih Tzus and German shepherds, the AKC says.