The Hundehiet: A Storage Locker for Dogs

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According to recent statistics, pet theft is a growing concern for Americans. Dogs are being snatched from cars, stolen from fenced-in yards, and disappearing from tie-outs: these days, any dogs left unattended are at some risk of being stolen.

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The country of Norway has come up with a unique way to battle public pet theft: The Hundehiet, which translates to “Dog Den” in English. The Hundehiet is, for all practical purposes, a public storage locker for dogs and cats. Making a trip to the store? Just plop your pet in the The Hundehiet, plug 10 Kroner (US $1.72) worth of coins in the slot, and go about your business with the knowledge that your pet is safe from thieves.

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While this may be safer and smarter than leaving your dog in the car, or tying it out in front of a store, we’re not so sure that a public storage solution for pets is the ultimate answer. Summer heat, the potential for spread of disease, ease of abandonment – all of these are valid concerns presented by those opposed to the concept. Security is one thing, but convenince at the cost of safety is not a trade we would be willing to make.

That said, The Hundehiet is catching on locally, and only time will tell if this unusual pet security device is here to stay – or if it’s time to truly ‘think outside of the box’ when considering matters of public pet safety.