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Dog Flipping Is Immoral And On The Rise

Dog Flipping Is Immoral And On The Rise


Pet lovers beware, if you need to re-home a pet you can’t take care of or find someone to adopt a puppy from your pet’s unexpected litter, there are “dog flippers” out there that want to make you their prey.

As with house flippers who make a profit by re-selling a home they just purchased, dog flippers make money on people who need to give away an animal. These despicable individuals pretend they are going to give the pet a good home, but turn around and sell the animal (primarily dogs) for a profit.

Dog flipping is not a new concept, but experts say it is on the rise. And even though it is based on a lie, the transaction is legal.

“You might think you are giving your dog to a loving home, but it is going to be warehoused with up to eight to ten other dogs in tiny apartments and sold to the highest bidder,” said animal rescuer Sarah Clinton.

Dog flippers usually target websites like Craigslist where their deception is less likely to be caught.

A couple from Ohio started a Facebook page, Citizens Against Flipping Dogs, after their dog Frankie was flipped. Amy Cannon had nine puppies to re-home when she advertised they could be adopted “free to good homes.” One family took two of the puppies, including Frankie.

A short time later Cannon saw Frankie’s picture on Craigslist, offering the puppy for sale with a false description of the dog’s background and why he needed a new home. Cannon confronted Frankie’s new owner who said he was selling the dog for grocery money. She bought the dog back for $70.

“It’s beyond our realm of thinking that anybody would look at a companion animal and see it as a means to turn a quick buck,” said Clinton.

Experts suggest that pet owners, who need to give away an animal, get to know the person who is going to adopt the pet. They should be wary of anyone that wants a quick deal. Be careful of people who advertise they recently lost a pet and want to adopt a new one, but cannot afford the adoption fees.

Clinton also recommends that animals be spayed and neutered so there are no “oops litters” of unwanted kittens or puppies that need to find new homes.


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2:24AM PST on Jan 22, 2014

Thank you.

5:11AM PST on Jan 19, 2014

I agree with the article and the comments. But how would you, could you make it illegal? I'll support it and fight for it but still not sure how it could be stopped.

8:42AM PST on Jan 14, 2014

If you can't accept the lifelong responsibilities that come with pet adoption, then DON'T GET A PET!

1:21AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

Thank you :)

9:13AM PST on Jan 6, 2014

You are not forced to have a pet--- IF YOU get one- be responsible.............they are counting on you and are a responsibility for life....................

9:11AM PST on Jan 6, 2014


3:06AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

Horrible :-(

4:49AM PST on Jan 2, 2014

This should be able as its receiving something on the ground of deceit.. it doesnt matter if its a dog, cat or an object. They should make this illegal.

I had a caravan (camper home or whatever they are called in America).. I could of sold it and got some money, I could of really done with the money, but as a neighbour wanted it for his family (they had a small home and quite a few children), I gave it away to him. Less then a week later I noticed it had gone from his yard. Sold and there was nothing at all legally I could do thou I had a verbal contract with him and a witness that it wasnt to be sold by him.

Lawyers told me when we give away something, it gives us less legal rights and the person can do what they want with what they get.

12:15PM PST on Dec 21, 2013

Thanks for the update and info... I'll be on the look-out for such. These type of people also sell puppies and dogs to labs for medical experimentation as well. Check out animal welfare websites on how to properly protect puppies and dogs from such predators.

12:41AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Who would pay for a dog from some stranger when you can go to a shelter and get one you know has been cared for and seen by a vet?

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