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-The deputies say this case was cracked by some good detective work but not by them instead by persistent dog owner.
All of this started last Wednesday when Spartanburg deputies say a man reported that two of his dog had been stolen from his yard.
Report say the owner then began doing his own investigative work by checking Craigslist ads.
Deputies say the man then found an ad with a picture of one of his missing dogs.
The owner contacted the number on the ad and arranged to meet the seller at this truck stop in Cowpens.
Report say the owner bought his own dog back for $100 before contacting deputies who then arrested Christopher Fincher, the man they say sold the stolen dog.
Fincher told Fox Carolina that he bought the dog from someone else and didn't realize it was stolen.
Deputies say they were able to confirm the dog's identity because it had a microchip.
-Basically, you put the chip back here between the shoulder blades.
-Doctor John Shelburne with Hillbrooks Veterinary Clinic says all dogs should be microchipped and this case shows why.
-This is a great way to help ensure that if your dog gets lost, that you got a better chance to get them back.
-Shelburne says the chip is like a social security number for a dog.
He says the procedure only cost $35.
It's almost painless for your pet.
It can help a shelter identify them if they get lost or like in this case, prove a pet is yours.
In Spartanburg County, Adrian Acosta, Fox Carolina News tonight.
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