Pet Flipping Not a Concern in Area Yet

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va.---A trend of criminals reselling stolen pets online is growing in Indianapolis.

According to USA Today, a pet owner may lose his pet and may find it for sale online on sites or may be extorted trying to get their pets back, such as Craigslist

Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA's Anne Anderson said it is not surprising.

She said in this area, some people have tried giving away pets on Craigslist after adopting them at the shelter. Anderson said this violates the contract owners sign when they adopt a pet at the shelter. The contract states they must return the pet to the shelter.

" Any internet proposal is something that I would be very leery about whether I am buying, selling, posting or whatever. You don't know what you are getting when you are dealing with an unknown on the Internet," said Anderson.

Anderson said it could be dangerous to give away a pet online because you cannot be sure what the new owner will do with it.

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