Note: This post has been updated to fill in some missing details.
Amy Phan told you something about Juliua Stroup, the woman who was honored for her work in rescuing animals. A little more than a week ago I watched a drama unfold involving Stroup and the online Facebook community Kitsap County’s Buy Sell Trade.
A woman posted that she had lost her Yorkie terrier and asked for people to look out for her. Another member of the community posted that she saw a Yorkie listed on Craigslist and linked to the ad. Here is the ad that ran. I’ve left out the last line, because it includes the seller’s phone number.
The owner of the dog confirmed that was her dog and that its name was not Punkin.’ Stroup was heavily involved in the ongoing conversation, which led to a discussion of “pet flipping,” the practice of stealing someone’s pet and selling it quickly. You can see in the ad that the seller wanted $200.
Stroup figured out who the seller was and provided links to where she had posted on other social media sites. On one of them the seller posted a picture of the dog and wrote:
“Found this little cutie out in the rain with no collar or name tag sweetest dog ever.”
Before long the lost dog owner learned where the seller lived. The dog owner went to the seller’s door, but reported that the seller’s husband said they had found the dog, had let it in, but that it tried to bite one of their kids so they opened the front door and let it wander off.
That is not what happened. The dog had been sold. Something happened between that visit and the following Craigslist ad.
Stroup told me the dog was returned and its owner wanted no charges filed. The thread was removed from Facebook.
Stroup remains a persistent presence and posted the following on the Kitsap County Buy Sell Trade site.
Pet theft and Pet Flipping…are you at risk? A lot of you know my name, but I’m learning every day…I’ve heard of theft, but FLIPPING? Are there REALLY people out there that do this? Oh MY, YES. PLEASE make sure your pet is Microchipped and that the information when it’s scanned is 100% correct (mistakes get made some times) Always make sure whoever tries to claim and found dog or cat can give a detailed description. I have acted as a “middle person” on a number of pets recently in which I demanded details and pictures… Always leave something out that only the owner can describe (collar, markings, fixed status, scars, etc). If someone has “found” your pet, ask for the same details…it’s horrible, but there are people out to cause you emotional pain stating they have your pet. Do NOT put your whole phone number on CL…leave off the area code or change a number to text (345-six78nine), there’s a weirdo calling people saying horrible things, caller id shows Nevada. I am glad to be a “middle person” if you need one…we need to keep our pets safe here on the Kitsap Peninsula…and we need to ban together and show people “don’t mess with Kitsap,we WILL find our pets”.