Man caught on camera trying to steal pitbull by lifting him by the collar over a fence

A dog owner had a scary experience when he looked out of his window and saw a man trying to steal his dog from his back yard.

The man rushed out of his home in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, to confront the guy who was trying to lift his pitbull dog over the fence.

Animal rescue volunteer Marizanne Ferreira said the homeowner had picked up the dog a few months earlier, despite the dog being in an unhealthy state, according to TimesLive.

The owner, who wanted to remain anonymous, even advertised the dog to make sure his original owner wasn’t looking for him, but had no response.

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“He took it to the vet and put up notices for a missing dog so its owner could be located. No one ever came to claim the dog,” Marizanne told TimesLive.

The owner caught the man in action trying to steal his dog on videotape. He acted quickly and ran out to confront the man who insisted that the pitbull was his and he wanted it back.

When the situation got worse the owner called the police but while he was on the phone the man tried to lift the dog over the fence by his collar.

Pitbulls stolen ‘left, right and center’

The owner rushed in to the protect the dog, forcing the would-be-thief away from the dog and the he ran away.

“Pitbulls are being stolen left, right and center in this city. They are then chained, abused, used for breeding and for fighting. My advice to pitbull owners is basic: look at the security around your property,” Marizanne said.

Watch the man in action in the clip below.

Thank goodness this man has some serious security. It’s important that we keep our dogs safe at all times.

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