Officials warn of 'dog flipping' after dogs snatched from yards

Officials warn of 'dog flipping' after dogs snatched from yards

GRANT COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - Shelter officials believe a serial dognapper is to blame for four dogs who have disappeared from their yards on Folsom Jonesville Road.

A witness saw a man attempting to lure dogs into his grey truck last week, according to a Facebook post from the Grant County Animal Shelter. The man told the witness he was "tired of those dogs running loose" and was going to take them to the shelter.

The dogs have not been seen since.

"Four families are devastated because their dogs are gone, and that unknown - not knowing what happened to them or what is happening -  that's devastating," said Marsha Chaney, director of the shelter.

In light of the incident, Grant County officials are warning of the rising "dog-flipping" trend. Dog flippers steal pups and sell them online for a high price, according to a recent report.

More than 637 dogs were stolen in the U.S. last year -  an increase from 2013, according to the American Kennel Club. The club says pit bull or pit mixes were the most stolen breed in 2014, followed by yorkies, Chihuahuas and bulldogs.

If you know anything about the dogs or suspect, you're asked to contact the shelter at (859) 824-9403.

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