A disturbing new trend—“pet flipping”—has been getting a lot of attention lately.

Pet flipping involves a criminal picking up a pet, either by stealing him or claiming to be the parent of a missing pet, and then selling the animal for a profit.

According to Time, pet flipping is on the rise in many cities, most notably Kansas City, St. Louis and Indianapolis. (Though this can happen anywhere, so please beware!)

The “target” dogs are often purebred and expensive breeds. 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 kept in deplorable conditions until they can be “flipped” (sold)—according to Dawn Contos, of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control.

Regardless if your pet is a purebred or mixed breed, be vigilant and cautious when traveling with your pet, lunching locally, approached by “curious” strangers and, of course, never (ever) leave her in your car!

Micro-chipping is also a very good idea, to ensure the safe return of your dog should he become separated from you.

As some of the stolen dogs are being used for breeding, another precaution is to make sure your dog is spayed/neutered.

You can view the entire article on this subject, written by Brad Tuttle @ http://business.time.com

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