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A shameful scam has popped up in the animal welfare world. It has been dubbed “pet flipping,” a too-flip name for a reprehensible practice. The perpetrators often will steal a dog or find one listed as a “found pet” on a site like Craigslist, claim it, and then sell it. …

While driving on a back road a couple of weeks ago, I came across a stray dog running down the shoulder of the road. I pulled over, grabbed a leash and approached her. She was skiddish and didn’t know where she was, so I moved slowly. Eventually I was able …