"It can be a number of reasons," McConkey told WWNY-TV. "It could be a dog fighting ring. They could be stealing them to resell under the guise of rehoming fees for dogs, like flipping a house, they're flipping dogs. Could be someone is taking them to train them. There's been a lot of drug busts in the area lately. Someone could be trying to train the dog to be vicious."
On two occasions, attempted dognappers were caught in the act, but both times they managed to escape.
"It's like they took a member of our family," one victim, whose Collie named Rusty went missing last week, told The Huffington Post. "It's just one of the worst feelings in the world."
Click here to learn more about how to keep your dog safe or call the St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at (315) 379-2222 if you have any information about the missing pets.