April 14, 2017 — Jeff Holden has always loved Dobby, his tiny Yorkshire terrier. When his beloved dog went missing Wednesday morning, he was devastated.
“I went into full panic mode,” Holden said. “I thought he had slipped out of my friend’s doggy door and gotten lost because he’s new here.” Unfortunately, Dobby did not just get lost. He was stolen. And the thief sold Dobby on Craigslist less than 24 hours later for $100.
Fortunately, the buyer became suspicious of her purchase. She was told by the seller Dobby was a puppy but she later learned Dobby was actually a tiny adult dog.
The buyer was able to track down Jeff, since after Dobby disappeared, Jeff put up 70 flyers around his Spokane Valley neighborhood and placed a photo ad in The Spokesman-Review.
We are happy to inform you that Jeff has been re-united with Dobby!
“It was amazing,” Holden said. “The new owner knew something wasn’t right. I just didn’t see her ad on Craigslist.”
When buying a dog, it is important to be very vigilant. Unfortunately, stolen dogs are often sold online to unsuspecting buyers. This disturbing trend is called “dog flipping.” Be sure to ask lots of questions and if it sounds “too good to be true,” then something is probably wrong! Trust your instincts.
Also, please note that teacup-sized “micro” dogs can be super cute and fashionable but they can have serious health problems. Breed associations have warned that by purchasing certain micro dogs, buyers encourage the practice of breeding potentially unhealthy dogs. The bottom line is when it comes to buying dogs make sure you get all the information.
And remember to always take a new pet in for a health checkup right away!