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Dog 'flipping' could be a concern for pet owners

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Munchie Munchie

A Smyrna family is heartbroken after giving their dog away, only to find out the new owner is now trying to "flip" the pooch.

Dog flipping is when a new owner receives a dog or animal for free and then immediately tries to sell the pet for a profit. 

After posting the ad on, Divina Mims thought she found the perfect home for her Chihuahua, Munchie.

"I just wanted him to go to a good home and money was not something I was trying to get for him," Mims said.

That's why Mims took a few days to screen potential new owners. Finally after searching and searching she found a family she believed was perfect.

"She was saying things like, "The dog would be for my daughter. She's turning eight today, It's her birthday,'" Mims tearfully told CBS Atlanta News. "I immediately gravitated towards that post because I have a daughter and I know how much joy Munchie brought us."

But a day later, as she removed her Craigslist ad, she discovered her dog was up for sale.

"My heart sank. I couldn't breathe because there is my dog with his tail tucked between his legs looking scared," Mims said.

Mims said she believes she is a victim. She immediately called the new owner to ask to get Munchie back, but couldn't reach her. 

The Atlanta Humane Society told CBS Atlanta that it recommends taking a pet to shelter such as theirs over posting an ad because since they don't euthanize animals.  The shelter doesn't have space or time limitations and considers owner-surrender animals for adoption.

Sadly, Mims said she would have to figure out how to tell her 8-year-old daughter about her precious puppy.

"I don't have the heart or courage to tell her about her dog," Mims said.

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