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Warning: Pet Flipping on the Rise

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 2:00pm
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A disturbing new trend—“pet flipping”—has been getting a lot of attention this week.

Pet flipping involves a criminal picking up a pet, either by stealing the animal or claiming to be the pet parent of a missing pet, and then quickly selling the animal for a profit. Is your blood boiling yet? It gets worse!

According to Time, pet flipping is on the rise in cities including Kansas City, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The stolen dogs are often purebred and very valuable. In March, an Indianapolis man was arrested after a three-month investigation found he had been stealing dogs for years, mostly purebred German Shepherds, Rottweilers and Pit Bulls. 

“Many of these pets are housed in puppy mill-like conditions until they can be flipped—no food or water, caged and sick,” Dawn Contos, of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, said in an interview following the arrest.

For tips on finding a lost pet, please visit our pet care section.

We'll be on Katie on Monday, July 22 to talk about pet flipping. Check your local listings and tune in!

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Deb Lehman

RIGHT ON, Amanda! Good Lord... there is no reasoning with people like this.

sawbonz

I agree. Pet stores don't care if you take home and cook and eat the dog but shelters and rescues can often be more picky; good ones will screen you and look for major red flags.

Laura

You purchase a puppy from a pet store and YOU are contributing to Puppy Mills. They are in business because of people like you. Those animals live in horrific conditions! You buy a puppy at a pet store and they'll just keep pumping out those puppies. Watch this video...there are puppy mills like it ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. This is an example of where your puppy came from.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C34ML7b_WuM

If you couldn't get a dog from one shelter...try another. I'm sure there was a good reason why she didn't want to adopt a pet out to you. They care about their animals...they want to adopt them to the right family for that particular animal. Your not purchase a purse.

Sarah

There is a shelter by my house in the Chicagoland area where the owners left to go on vacation and nearly all the dogs died. Please don't make a statement that they all care... they don't! And saying "there is a good reason they didn't adopt a pet to you" is a mean statement and hardly one to be making on a website for people who care! Shelters make ridiculous hoops sometimes and threaten to take animals away from loving families! I had one shelter tell me that if they stopped by at anytime and they were not allowed to see the dog, they would take her. That included when I was at work!!! No notice, they could just show up. Some shelters have no ones interest but their own in mind!!!

Rose

Phoebe.... I wanted breed specific dog. So I decided to look for breed specific rescues. I have a pure bred 8 yr old pug that was my foster. I ended up adopting him, because he suffered from a really bad separation anxiety. I didn't have the heart to displace him again, so I ended up adopting him. He turned out to be the best dog ever! I also have a pure bred 10 yr old Lhasa Apso that I got from a breed specific rescue. In his bio, he was deemed to be aggressive, a biter, and not good with children. I had to work with him, gain his trust, and now...he is the sweetest dog ever, he even loves to play with my little nephews.

If puppy is what you want, breed specific rescues do have puppies available. Currently the pug rescue group I volunteer for has 3 pups that still need to be bottle fed, and won't be available for adoption until a few weeks from now. So you see....you do not need to buy from a pet store to get puppies. Some rescue groups will even let you reserve pups, so that when they do get them...you will be the first that they call.

When you have time...please try and watch a really good documentary called, MADONNA OF THE MILLS. http://madonnaofthemills.com You will feel differently about buying puppies from a pet store after you've seen that documentary.

Rose

Phoebe.... I wanted breed specific dog. So I decided to look for breed specific rescues. I have a pure bred 8 yr old pug that was my foster. I ended up adopting him, because he suffered from a really bad separation anxiety. I didn't have the heart to displace him again, so I ended up adopting him. He turned out to be the best dog ever! I also have a pure bred 10 yr old Lhasa Apso that I got from a breed specific rescue. In his bio, he was deemed to be aggressive, a biter, and not good with children. I had to work with him, gain his trust, and now...he is the sweetest dog ever, he even loves to play with my little nephews.

If puppy is what you want, breed specific rescues do have puppies available. Currently the pug rescue group I volunteer for has 3 pups that still need to be bottle fed, and won't be available for adoption until a few weeks from now. So you see....you do not need to buy from a pet store to get puppies. Some rescue groups will even let you reserve pups, so that when they do get them...you will be the first that they call.

When you have time...please try and watch a really good documentary called, MADONNA OF THE MILLS. http://madonnaofthemills.com You will feel differently about buying puppies from a pet store after you've seen that documentary.

Gerry

My take on this is you "rescued" a dog. Pure & simple.

Kelly

AGREED Missy!

Shawna

Well, don't ban the pet store cuz we still need to get things for our pets. But we know what you mean. I have 2 fur babies that I rescued. One is now 15 and wasn't what they told me he was, but we love him still. Our little girl is 6 and she was abandoned near a dumpster at 3 months old, dirty and starving. She had a cat collar on that was too small. I only rescue animals I don't spend $1000+ for them. There are too many lost animals in this world to make new ones on order.

Sara

Ban pet stores that sell any animals. Purchase items via pet-free stores.

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