Area police and animal control officials say there is a growing problem in the area called “animal flipping,” and your help is needed to stop the activity.
Animal flipping is when someone steals or removes an animal without consent then tries to sell the animal for a profit or they receive an animal for free with the intent of selling it for a profit.
Another type is someone finds an animal, doesn’t attempt to find an owner and then sells the animal to make a profit.
According to police and animal control officials, this one is more common in the region.
A news release from the Marion Police Department says that by law, animals found are required to be scanned for a microchip at a vet or animal control office and reported to animal control.
If an owner calls or is looking for their lost animal, police can make contact with the finders and arrange for the rightful owner to claim their pet.
Police and animal control say once the animal has been scanned for a microchip and reported to animal control, residents can hold the animal for seven days for the owner to claim it (before keeping it as a family pet or re-homing it).
If residents have found that have found an animal cannot hold it for seven days call animal control to have the animal picked up.
Animal control says don’t just randomly give the animal away, as doing so is against the law.