Pet owners should exercise caution and be aware of an illegal trend called Pet Flipping.
In a typical pet-flipping situation, a criminal will get hold of a dog or cat either by finding it or by stealing it, and then turn around and sell it for a quick profit.
Another aspect of the crime is when someone claims to be the owner of a dog or cat that someone has found and publicly advertised. By falsely claiming the found pet, the criminal can then sell it for profit.
Pet Flipping is a serious cause for concern for all pet owners, but also for anyone looking to buy a dog or cat. It could end up being someone else’s stolen pet.
Pet owners in Allen County are cautioned to supervise pets carefully whenever they are outside and invest in a microchip for permanent identification. You can currently get a microchip implanted at Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control for $15. You do not need an appointment; you simply need to bring your dog or cat to 3020 Hillegas Road during regular business hours along with proof of rabies and your legal I.D.
Have your pet’s spayed or neutered so they can’t be stolen and used for breeding. Keep your cats inside and your dog on a leash when walking through neighborhoods and city parks. Never leave your dog unattended in a vehicle or tied outside of a business.
Don’t let your dog or cat become a victim of Pet Flipping. After all, your pet is counting on you to keep them safe.
Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control
3020 Hillegas Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46808
Business Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-5:30pm (open until 7pm Wednesdays)
Adoption Hours: Tuesday-Friday noon-5:30pm (open until 7pm Wednesdays)