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Website for lost pets changes policy after seeing KLTV story

Last month we told you about Ozzy. Ozzy is a one-year-old albino Boxer that happens to be deaf.

He went missing from his owner, John Carassco's yard last November. He hasn't been seen since.

Carassco posted a lost dog ad to PetAmberAlert.com only to be approached by an overseas scammer. The scammer claimed to have found Ozzy and demanded money for his return.

After KLTV aired the story on Ozzy, Carassco shared it on various social media websites. He also sent the story to PetAmberAlert.com.

After viewing the story, the website changed its policy.

"So, now what we're doing is screening all the emails that come through and making sure to check the IP addresses as well in case someone gets scammed," PetAmberAlert.com CEO Mark Jakubczak told us.

From now on, those who find the missing pets must enter a validation code along with a phone number and email address. This process will help filter out potential scammers.

Carassco tells us that even though Ozzy is still missing, he has served a great purpose. His story will help prevent other owners of lost animals from being scammed.  

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