Target: SPCA of Texas Board of Director Chair, Jocelyn White
Goal: Praise animal welfare groups for warning people about online pet sellers.
A trend called “dog flipping,” where people are stealing animals from loving homes and then selling them online to make a quick profit, has been taking off in recent months according to animal welfare groups such as the Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals (SPCA) of Texas and the Legacy Humane Society. The part of this practice that is most worrisome is that the pets are usually stolen, lost, or picked up at nearby animal shelters. Sometimes, they are purchased for cheap and then resold online for more money. Dog flipping is a trend that is growing fast on social media and online selling sites.
The biggest problem that authorities are facing is that it is very difficult to track the sellers. This fact is pushing criminals to commit the crime even more. Nearly 40 canines have been reported missing in Texas recently and authorities are doing their best to find the dogs. They are scouring the internet for sale ads and taking a closer look at social media websites such as Facebook. Many Facebook users have been using the site to connect with sellers to make a profit off of stolen and lost dogs. Purebreds are the most at risk.
Selling a lost or stolen animal is a crime. Animal welfare groups always advise to drop off animals at a rescue group or shelter. Please sign this petition to thank all of the animal welfare groups for helping bring awareness to this problem.
Dear Jocelyn White,
Criminals have been using social media and online selling sites to make a quick profit off of pets that they stole, found, or bought from local animal shelters. This is a problem that has existed for many years but now is being focused on by the police. “Dog flipping” is the official term for the horrible act of selling pets online to make a quick buck.
Thank you for joining together with other animal welfare organizations to warn the public of “dog flipping.” Most owners trust that their pets will go to a good home when they give them away. Too many innocent animals are in danger because people are using them to make money. Please continue to warn the public of this trend and help police crack down on all of the people selling stolen animals on social media sites.
[Your Name Here]
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