Dog flipping 101

Howard Baker - RN BSN

Hobo the Wonder Dog

To stop the rising trend of dog flipping, we must first understand the crime and ways to prevent it from happening. Dog flipping is on the rise and it’s cruel, heartless, inhumane, and it is a crime. Stealing a person’s dog and selling it on Craigslist is cowardly with disregard to their victims. You see, it is a crime against a family there is the individual, young and old alike, then there is the dog. Yes the dog, I do not see the dog as a piece of property, but as members of the family and I treat them as such. A friend once suggested that dogs only live in the moment and I could not disagree more. Dogs know and remember their families and are the silent victims of this cowardly crime. Dog flipping can be as easy as taking candy from a baby unless you take a few easy steps to protect yourself and your family pet.

Let’s face it, dognapping, dog flipping, or whatever you want to call it, it’s a crime. This type of crime goes further than sentimental; it’s emotional because there is a living breathing life involved. This is a crime against a family making it super personal and emotional. The thieves see it as an easy way to make a buck at someone else’s expense. Many times stolen dogs are sold to research laboratories, dog fighting rings, and puppy mills. In an HBO documentary titled “Dealing Dogs” it is estimated that there are nearly two-million companion animals stolen each year. That means every sixteen seconds a companion animal is stolen and in contrast there is an automobile stolen every forty-four seconds in the United Sates.


• Keep a watchful eye on your pet even in your yard.

• Don’t leave your dog unattended outside of a shop, public area or in a vehicle.

• Microchip or tattoo your pet for identification.

• Spay and neuter your dog to prevent puppy mill breeding.

These four steps are the staples of keeping your pet safe while lowering their risk for petnapping. Consider keeping your routines mixed-up and out of the norm. Thieves of all types usually case the neighborhood and learn routines. Remember, every 16 seconds a pet is stolen. Never leave your pet unattended it only takes a second for them to vanish, and your pet is counting on you to keep them safe.

If you find your pet missing and you think you are a victim of theft make sure your pet is not out touring the neighborhood. If you determine your pet has been stolen, gather as much information as you can from people in the area, possibly security cameras, do your detective work and due diligence. Call the police and file a report. Post recent photographs of your pet on social media, notify animal control, veterinarian offices, animal shelters, newspapers and radio stations, you may not be alone. The important thing is to get the word out and get it out fast. Never underestimate the power of flyers and posters many people are not on social media.

Dog flipping is a heartless crime and by being aware and mindful you will decrease your chances of being a victim.

Hobo is a rescue dog out to make a difference in animal rescue and education. Please follow Hobo on Facebook at Hobo the Wonder Dog or contact him at: [email protected]

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Howard Baker


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