HOUSTON — A family in Texas became victims of a Craigslist dog-flipping scam when their pet Yorkshire Terrier went missing only to show up on Craigslist weeks later. Kara Lowe and her husband were forced to buy the 11-year-old dog back, despite having microchip proof that the dog belonged to them.
Sushi went missing from the Lowe’s backyard in December when a search on Craigslist led them to him weeks later. The Lowe’s contacted the seller but had little luck, as the man became suspicious of them, resulting in the trail going cold. The Lowe’s then continued their online search, hoping Sushi would turn up again. Much to their joy, he did last week. This time, the Lowe’s were careful not to scare away the man and arranged to buy the dog last Friday.
Kara and her friend turned up in a parking lot in Houston with a microchip reader where they determined the dog was, in fact, Sushi. As it turns out, the man had dyed Sushi’s fur so Mrs. Lowe had her apprehensions when going to meet the man and the dog.
However, one look at him and the confirmation of the microchip changed all of that. Regardless of the proof, the Lowe’s still paid $50 for their dog and they are urging the public to microchip their own pets. The Lowe’s also hope that this serves as a cautionary tail about “dog-flipping” and warns dog owners to always check online if their dog goes missing.