"She was just my best friend, really," Workman said of her 1-year-old hunting dog, Zoey.
She believes someone took Zoey about two weeks ago from her home in Livingston County. Workman said Zoey never ran off before, and she thinks it's the work of crooks. "Very worried. I'm thinking the reward would bring her home," Workman told Local 6.
However, Zoey has not been found. Workman is now trying to warn others about the trend of dog flipping. "So many people I talked to in the two weeks about this situation, I was taken back about it," she said.
Animal care workers say dog flipping is mainly done online. Thieves post pictures of the dogs and try to resell them for a quick buck. "Typically, a lot of people will hold onto the dogs until a reward is posted," said Marshall County Humane Society Director Ashley Smith.
Smith said she believes social media websites are a hotbed for holding animals for ransom. She started noticing a sharp increase in filing missing dog reports six months ago. "Neighbors have witnessed vehicles coming into their driveway and picking up the dogs. People have witnessed vehicles trying to lure dogs out of their yard," Smith said.
For Workman, it's no joke. She's now offering a $300 reward to bring Zoey home. "Every day I put out fliers. I'm going to keep making them. I'm going to keep putting them out and going to make people aware, and I am going to help other people get their animals back, too," she said.