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Have you ever heard of house flipping? It’s when someone buys a home, fixes it up, and then makes a quick sale at a profitable price. The new craze is pet flipping, and pet owners need to beware. Yes, you heard correctly, pet flipping. Only they aren’t buying pets to sell at a higher fee. Thieves are stealing owned pets. Once stolen, the pets are sold at a profitable price on the street or through the internet. Stealing pets from yards, homes, cars, and those left tied and unattended. First Coast News reported on this scary new scam. Pay attention to keep your pets safe.

Jacksonville is not Exempt

The City of Jacksonville is not exempt from this latest scam. Shelter manager, Nikki Harris advises that flipping pets is often hard to prove, but can easily be prevented. As reported by First Coast News (2013), "Our recommendation is to make sure your pet is supervised at all times," said Harris. "Don't leave pets outside when you're not home. And make sure your pet is micro-chipped." This idea of pet flipping is a reality and is emphasized stronger in this video about a pony which was stolen right from the owner’s yard.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Pet

Micro-chipping is the easiest way to protect your pet. It may not prevent your pet from being stolen, but it can ensure you will get your pet back once detected. Most veterinarian offices and animal shelters scan for micro-chips. If your pet is stolen and you report it, you are one step closer to being reunited with your beloved missing pet. You must register your pet’s microchip and keep the information up to date.

If you are a victim of pet flipping, contact your local sheriff’s office and report it immediately. Check local advertising websites, Craigslist, and newspapers to search for your missing pet.

When you’re passionate and committed, you can do anything. Thank you for reading and thank you for sharing this article with others. Please share any comments, story, and event ideas with me at Jessie@myepicwriting.com.

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