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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You're an idiot.


I would agree with you.

Val S

Every dog I have owned except one was a shelter dog, the other was rescued from a puppy mill. She was 4.5, had 7 kinds of worms she was not being treated for, and didn't have a UTI she was being treated for. Yes, sometimes shelter dogs have problems, if you really want a puppy, there are lots of shelter puppies. Most shelters do full exams as well as treat for problems. Puppy-mills (NOT the same thing as certified breeders) are notorious for filth and sickness, often cleaning and selling very sick animals, and any that aren't sold by the age of 3-4 months gets killed, sometimes humanely, most of the time not.
How about instead of knocking shelters, you learn enough about dogs to get one you can handle?


Seriously? Legalizing puppy mills?

Look up supply and demand and that will explain the importance of boycotting puppy mills and pet shops. It's basic economics. Your theory on legalizing puppy mills is seriously twisted.

Also this has NOTHING to do with this article. So please go find another soapbox elsewhere.


You need to see pictures of Puppy Mills and maybe that will change your mind about adopting from a pet store... It is called reality of a pet store puppy... Adopt Don't Shop...


I understand why you don't want to adopt. Perfectly valid reasons, in my opinion. That's why my family never has.

But you should go to a breeder instead of a store.

There's no excuse to be supporting puppy mills, and the idea of regulating them simply doesn't work. When dogs are treated like profit, it will never turn out okay.

Breeders might seem expensive, but I've found that pet stores often jack up prices. I had two Shiba Inus, I paid a couple hundred for each of them from breeders. I frequently see shiba's in puppy stores for over thousand.


There are NO valid reasons to buy instead of adopt.


Contrary to your belief, letting a dog adopt you IS NOT about's about saving their life. However, 100% of the time they save you more than you think they will. Purchasing from a pet store keeps the puppy mills in business. Legalizing puppy mills ?? Is that like legalizing dog fighting so they could be regulated ??
Your attempt at rationalizing puppy mills is as equally lame as your understanding of what these beautiful creatures are all about.....


YES! People who have reasons why they prefer to buy instead of adopt want to bring an animal into their homes for the WRONG REASONS!


Honestly many who adopt also do so for the wrong reasons. They feel sorry for the dog, want to "fix" him etc and are not equipped to properly train the dog with a balance of praise, correction and discipline so he can be a great dog and fit in the home.