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Indiana 'pet-flipping' arrests on the rise

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Saturday, July 20, 2013 - 9:42 am

GREENWOOD — Central Indiana police are seeing an increase in cases of "pet-flipping" in which people try to sell pets that are stolen or found.

Danielle Beck says a rising awareness of pet flippings through websites that highlight lost-and-found animals is alerting people to a wider number of cases. Beck operates the Indy Pet Lost website.

Elizabeth Arroyo tells The Indianapolis Star she found her dog listed for sale on Craigslist days after he ran away from her Greenwood home in June.

She met with the seller and negotiated the price, then returned with police. She and her dog Raiden have been reunited.

Charges have been filed in a number of pet-flipping cases in the Indianapolis area.

Animal advocates urge owners to microchip their pets.