An online Cherokee County Facebook community group is upset and shocked after an alleged dog snatcher told the group that she sells dogs that she finds, WSB-TV reports.
Woodstock Online Yard Sale is a community group on Facebook that posts items for sale and trade with others in Cherokee County. In some instances, pets are placed for adoption on the group page, but several people raised concerns when a group member placed a small dog for sale only a day after finding him.
Using the name Maria Elizabeth, the alleged dog snatcher claims to find dogs, bathe them, feed them, give them shots, and list them for sale. What's concerning to many is that owners who are trying to claim their lost pets are being charged.
"(She) was finding them supposedly and then fixing them up, giving them a bath and then selling them for a fee if they wanted to claim them. Almost like a ransom for a kidnapping." Elizabeth Kirk, a shelter volunteer, told Channel 2 Action News.
Animal advocates, including shelter volunteers and concerned citizens are adamant about stopping what they feel is illegal activity. Susan Garcia, Director of the Cherokee County Animal Shelter, states that animals are considered property in the state of Georgia.
Another problem arose when the alleged dog snatcher changed her phone number and her Facebook profile, including her name, several times. When a group member tried to call the number provided to inquire about a dog, it was disconnected.
Although no charges have been filed, the Woodstock Police Department and the Holly Springs Police Department are aware of the activity and are investigating. As of now, the true name of the dog nabber has yet to be released.