Find the right lawyer now

The Penalty for Dognapping

Find a Local Criminal Defense Lawyer near You

What Is Dognapping?

Dognapping is the act of intentionally taking a dog without the owner's consent. Dognapping has become an increasingly common crime in the United States. The American Kennel Club estimates that cases of dognapping have gone up seventy percent since 2010.

What Is the Penalty for Dognapping?

A dog is considered personal property, so stealing a dog does not give rise to a kidnapping claim. Instead, the crime is considered to be theft or grand theft. It may also be burglary if the dognapper broke into a structure to take the dog.

In some jurisdictions, such as Virginia, dognapping is considered a felony and can be punished by up to 10 years in jail.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

If you are accused of dognapping, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer. Your lawyer can help you defend your reputation and even negotiate a settlement for your case.

Photo of page author Mabel Yee

, LegalMatch Legal Writer

Last Modified: 06-24-2018 09:13 PM PDT

Law Library Disclaimer
  • No fee to present your case
  • Choose from lawyers in your area
  • A 100% confidential service
What is LegalMatch?

We've helped more than 4 million clients find the right lawyer – for free. Present your case online in minutes. LegalMatch matches you to pre-screened lawyers in your city or county based on the specifics of your case. Within 24 hours experienced local lawyers review it and evaluate if you have a solid case. If so, attorneys respond with an offer to represent you that includes a full attorney profile with details on their fee structure, background, and ratings by other LegalMatch users so you can decide if they're the right lawyer for you.