Is a Stolen Pet Equivalent to a Kidnapped Child in Today's America?
I was recently looking at the news site of our local station and saw a story on how pets are being stolen and "flipped" for cash:
(KSDK) Criminals are finding a new way to make money on other people's pets. They're flipping pets, and it's happening across the country.
Flipping is stealing a pet and reselling it on places like Craigslist, Facebook, Ebay and other websites. Victims across the country said they tried to file police reports to report their pets stolen but many couldn't. Law enforcement agencies wouldn't take the report.
In Indianapolis, a full-time officer is hunting down the flippers and charging them.
Officer Theresa Redmon was able to get an older dog named Stewart back to his owners. He disappeared on his mother's wedding night from his home.
"I hit the street, I was out looking for him," said Jenelle Carr. She and her 5-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son and husband spent nine heartbreaking days looking for him. "I couldn't sleep. He's a Chihuahua. He's deformed, he has no nails, no teeth."
Carr knew somebody snatched Stewart. She switched from searching the streets to surfing the web. She landed on a website called Indy Lost Pet Alert.
My question is "how do you make money off a deformed Chihuahua with no nails or teeth? Are they that much in demand?
An officer in the article says the following:
"If you found my kid, my child, my daughter, would you put her on Craigslist tomorrow? It's the same thing" she said. "Pets are a part of their owner's family."
Really? Yes, pets are important but are they as important as a person? So many people are substituting "fur children" for kids that maybe it really is getting to be the same thing. Don't get me wrong. It's terrible that anyone should be stealing pets and the police should take a report and find them, but to equate a dog with one's child seems a bit overboard to me. But maybe I'm wrong on this one, given all the books and TV shows on pets. America is obviously obsessed with them.
What do you think?