|Barked: Mon Nov 26, '12 12:32am PST |
|I am still not getting the problem. Dog stealing I *TOTALLY* get as a problem, and that is a big deal. But if you are talking about unwanted and value-less dogs, crowding shelters, and finding their way into a new home?
The article said "“Flipping”....could put them in danger because people can’t ensure that the pets will be placed in a safe environment. Shelters have protocols to ensure that animals are placed in a safe and loving home." Ok, well that's sort of a dunderheaded thing to say, because said shelter adopted the dog to the very flipper they are complaining about.
I say this particularly from a horse perspective. They are so called "flipped" all the time, and it's not viewed as a bad thing. People buy horses at feed lots, or from auctions or dealers and then sell them privately. That's what "flipping" is called in the horse industry. Or in the racehorse industry, it is called "pinhooking," where you buy a weanling at auction, then resell him as yearling, looking for a profit. It's all very normal there.
I admit masquerading as someone who has owned the dog for a while and cannot keep it....a dog who you bought on Craig'slist only two weeks before. Ok, a little sleazy. But where is the palpable harm, given that two weeks ago, the dog was just that....being offered on Craig'slist by someone who has owned the dog for a while and cannot keep him?
As I said, dog theft is a whole different problem. But given that a lot of people are uncomfortable going into shelters, and someone adopts the dog then sells it....the shelter's aim, to find the dog a home, still gets fulfilled. I admit it's sleazy, but in the end the actual harm is hard to calculate. If the original rehomer gave the dog to a flipper, it's not as if they had superior placement discretion.
It's a far greater concern if these dogs get sold to research or to the fight industry. If the original rehomer was lax enough to give the dog to a flipper, it's not like they were kingpins of good placement in the first place. They just probably wanted to get rid of the dog.
Edited by author Mon Nov 26, '12 12:39am PST
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