"Pet flipping" as it is being known has come to Delaware and Clark County, Ohio, and many law enforcement personnel say it could be happening in your backyard.
If you have never heard of it, here is how it goes. Thieves pick up wandering or lose pets and advertise them on site such as Craigslist for sale. That is a fast $25 to a $100 bucks. A few Dog wardens were interviewed in Ohio and said that this process was new to them, but to be on the look out for opportunists.
What is to stop these thieves to come onto your property and pick up your dog when you are out? Not much I am afraid, so pet owners beware. And, if you are missing your dog look at the logical places, but don't forget to check out a lot of for sale ads!
To help prevent them from being stolen, police are saying have your dog microchipped, a current dog license, and keeping them confined on your property. Dogs running loose are at risk.
Upon interviewing one person who sold dogs he found "running at large" no charges were filed. The owner found this person walking his stolen dog and reported it. The Warden is responsible for picking up running at large dogs, but not private individuals.
Taking the loose dogs, once person said, was liking keeping a lost wallet that you found. If no one claims it, it is said to be yours.
Pet flipping can become more prevalent as unsavory characters are looking for a fast buck. So, we have had house flipping, car flipping, and now pet flipping.
Pet flipping could also mean livestock going to auctions in the future by supposed owners.