(Memphis) For Cyndi Nowell and her 11-year-old son Nathan, the search for their blue nose pit bull puppy Yogi is still going on nearly 16 months after he was stolen from their back yard.
"Someone came up on the side of the yard. They'd removed their plates off their car and they walked up to the fence they grabbed him and drove off," said Nowell.
According to the American Kennel Club, dog thefts have gone up 32% in the past year.
The club started keeping track of dog thefts in 2007.
The dogs are not only taken from homes during burglaries and from back yards, but the animals are taken during crimes of opportunity.
They say dogs are often taken while tied up outside of stores or while left in a parked car.
Nowell thinks Yogi was taken for dog fighting or sold for a few hundred bucks.
"It’s takes 5 minutes and these people, they do not care, they don’t care that they are your family they will take them," said Nowell.