Loretta Emmons, owner of Heartsong Rescue in Columbia County, says some people make around $100,000 a year flipping dogs. (WRDW-TV / Oct. 25, 2011)
News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2011
COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. -- A local animal rescue group is warning consumers about dog flippers targeting unaware pet owners.
You've probably have heard about folks making a profit off of flipping a house, but how about dogs? Flipping dogs is the underground practice of making a profit off pets.
Loretta Emmons, owner of Heartsong Rescue in Columbia County, says some people make around $100,000 a year flipping dogs.
"I'm very concerned because, unfortunately, it's a money-making deal," she said.
Emmons says the flippers look for pure breeds and small breeds, which bring in the most money.
"You know you just start looking for things not adding up when you find your own pets being placed on Craigslist that you have adopted out," she said.
She's seen a recent surge in the last year. UnAlthough it's legal, she says it is highly unethical. She says the flippers often pose as hopeful families seeking to bring your pet into their family.
"If the dog doesn't find a home, they are usually turned out loose and picked up by animal control or hit by a car," Emmons warned. "There's all kinds of scenarios we can play out with dog flipping."
Here are some ways to avoid dog flippers if you must give up your pet:
-First, go to family and friends to see if they will take your dog.
-Look for a rescue group that deals directly with your dog's breed.
-And, if you do have to go to an outside source like Craigslist, make the new owners sign a contract where they are not allowed to sell your pet -- at least not without notifying you first.