Sadly, a new criminal trend called “pet flipping” is gaining in popularity. The crime takes place when someone steals or finds someone else’s pet and then sells the pet.
According to the American Kennel Club, there has been a 27.8 percent increase in the number of dog thefts between January and May of this year compared with last year.
Dr. Neil Shaw, chief medical officer of BluePearl, recommends these simple steps family members can take to prevent becoming a victim of “pet flipping.”
- Never leave your pet unattended outside.
- Keep current photographs of your pet.
- Talk with your family veterinarian about having your pet micro-chipped. Micro-chipping is a relatively inexpensive procedure that can easily reunite a lost pet with their family. (Here in Stamford OPIN runs frequent free microchip clinics.)
- See if your veterinarian recommends using advanced technology like a GPS tracking enabled collar.
- Utilize your local veterinary community and sites like Craigslist (or Patch or your Patch town's Facebook page) to try to find your pet.
Headquartered in Tampa, FL, BluePearl Veterinary Partners employs more than 1,350 people including more than 350 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals offer referral-only, specialty care services and most offer 24-hour emergency care. BluePearl does not provide primary care.