New Trend: 'Pet Flipping' Hits Midwest

A puppy named Uno was stolen from his owner's yard earlier this week.

A puppy named Uno was stolen from his owner's yard earlier this week.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sheryl Usher is trying to figure out why someone would steal her son's 12-week-old purebred pit bull, Uno, missing since Monday.

"Somebody took him as a pet, or to train him to dog fight - I hope that's not the case," Usher said.

Both scenarios are possible, but it also might be part of a new trend called "Pet Flipping." In those cases, pets are stolen from yards, then placed on Craigslist in order to make a quick sale.

News of this crime is making headlines across the Midwest in cities like Indianapolis, St. Louis and Kansas City. And now, police are worried the trend may spread to Wichita.

"We are watching pet thefts carefully and warning our citizens, so we are being proactive instead of reactive," said Wichita Police Lieutenant Doug Nolte.

Wichita Police saw an increase in the number of stolen dogs in 2012, but they hope to reverse the trend this year. In the meantime, Usher will keep an eye on Craigslist for her puppy and hopes to find him soon.

"It's wrong and it should be prosecuted," Usher said.

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