http://dogtime.com/arrest-in-dog-flipping-incident.html

This is similar to what we know happens in the UK and Ireland too.

Another reason to never leave your dogs alone outside during the day (I would not use a flap if there's the remotest possibility someone can cut through or go over a fence), and never let them out 'just for a moment' to potty outside the house without accompanying them, leave tied outside a shop or in a car 'just for a moment', etc. These thefts are so tragic and there is a real market for selling your dog.