One of the growing animal crimes taking place these days is called pet flipping. It all starts when someone steals a pet, usually a dog or cat, and then sells it as if the animal came from a “rescue.” Criminals are getting savvy about how they steal the pets, so animal shelters are trying to fight back against this horrible crime.

Purebred puppies and smaller breeds like Chihuahuas are most at risk to become pet flipping victims. Shelters are learning that people adopt pets from shelters and then immediately sell them for profit.

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Pit Bulls are also at high risk according to a representative from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

Referring to one of their adoptable Pit Bulls, she says, “We’re going to screen hard for him not because people want him as a pet, but maybe to use for fighting.”

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The group’s screening policies are more intense now after rescuing hundreds of purebred puppies.

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