Children love animals and are easily caught off guard by lures involving them. Cute,
cuddly pets such as puppies and kittens hold an especially powerful attraction.
Children may be asked to help look for a "lost" puppy or offered the chance to see
a new litter of kittens - or perhaps something more exotic, like a ferret.
Explain that animals can be used to lure children into dangerous situations. Children
should never enter a home, building or car or leave a public area with the promise
to see any kind of animal, unless accompanied by a parent or other trusted adult.
If asked to look for a lost pet, your child needs to ignore the request, get to
safety quickly and report the incident to parents and police immediately. The Pet
Lure has been used in many horrible crimes. Remind children, "There is no lost puppy!"