Pet Flipping: What You Need to Know About This Heartless New Crime
As if losing a pet isn't traumatic enough, now you might have to compete with criminals and buyers to get your pet back. A new trend in preying on pet owners has people claiming lost pets that never belonged to them and then selling them on sites like Craigslist to make a quick buck.
Sometimes the thieves respond to Found ads and pose at the dog's owner. Sometimes they'll just find a missing pet. Others will take a dog directly out of a yard and resell your pet for easy money. Regardless, this is a despicable act that is becoming more prevalent.
Judging from the convicted woman's response to her crime, these thieves feel no remorse about their actions. It's scary that she is raising children who are guided with an underdeveloped sense of ethics.
If you find a pet and want to post the information to find the true owner, be sure to leave certain descriptions off the post. Quiz prospective owners about details that only someone familiar with the dog would know such as unusual characteristics not readily seen on a photograph, like markings, a curled tail, or specific weight. If you suspect the respondent isn't familiar enough, say you have to ask these questions because you have multiple people claiming to be the owner. The response to that comment should also give you insight into the person's true motive. A genuine owner would be appreciative of your precautions.
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