According to an article in USA Today from the Indianapolis Star, thieves are now putting stolen or found pets for sale online to make a quick buck.
It’s called pet flipping and it’s basically criminals reselling a “lost” animal to extort money from owners.
In one instance, an owner thought her dog ran away one night and a few days later she found him in a Craigslist ad. The woman set up a meeting with the seller by posing as an interested buyer. When she met with the seller, she quickly realized it was her dog.
She agreed to the seller’s $900 price and left to get cash. Instead, she returned with police.
The dog’s owner has since had her dog micro-chipped.
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