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IMPD investigating possible case of 'dog flipping'

Posted at 5:59 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 18:05:37-05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis police are investigating a possible case of “dog flipping” after a woman claims her dog was stolen and then put up for sale on Craigslist.

Tonya Vinson says her dog Gunner got out of her backyard Saturday morning. Vinson said she went to Craigslist to post a missing dog ad – only to find an ad already there, offering her dog for sale for $75.

In the ad the seller says she bought the dog from a neighbor but was unable to keep it. Vinson said she discovered the seller lives just down the road from where Gunner escaped.

“I’ve never heard of dog flipping. Never in my life,” Vinson said.

Vinson contacted the seller, who told her the dog allegedly had already taken off.

IMPD is now investigating the case and says they’re seeing more and more cases of dog flipping.

“When the dogs are chipped, we just scan the dog,” Sgt. Chris Wilburn said. “The chip will read who the owner is, and then we start that process, saying, ‘You can do this voluntarily or we can get law enforcement involved in this and there can be criminal charges.”

Vinson says all she wants is her dog back.

“This lady has got to be stopped because she’s liable to do it to somebody else,” Vinson said.

Police recommend chipping your cat or dog so if they escape they can quickly be returned.

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