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Owners beware: Pet theft is on the rise

Owners beware: Pet theft is on the rise

Here's the scenario: a dog, cat or other pet is let outside in a fenced-in yard while the owner goes in. When the owner returns, the pet is gone. Some days or weeks later, the animal turns up on Craigslist or another site for sale, leaving the unwitting owner heartbroken and the thief with $50 or several hundred dollars in his or her pocket. Sound farfetched? Sadly, it's a practice that's becoming more and more common, and the American Society for the Prevention for Cruelty for Animals (ASPCA) says this "pet flipping" is a trend owners should be aware of. The stolen animals are most commonly dogs, and the ASPCA says purebred pets are most at-risk, although...