Dog owners beware.
Man's best friend may be at risk of a dognapping.
The American Kennel Club reports a sharp rise in dog thefts this year a 32-percent uptick.
The group's database showed 224 animal were stolen so far this year, compared to 255 for all of 2010.
The motive? Money.
Dogs are almost always resold, sold to laboratories or used in fights, according to the AKC.
Pit bulls and other large breeds are usually the victims of dognappings.
Advocates say those who steal purebreds are misguided in thinking they can get a lot of money for such a pooch.
Potential owners require papers and documentation verifying the authenticity of the breed.