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Masked Men Steal Eight Puppies From Dallas Pet Store

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Police are searching for a pair of thieves who stole eight puppies valued at $12,000 from a pet store overnight in Dallas.

Just after 3:00 a.m. on Friday, two masked men busted out the front door glass at a Petland store in the Highland Park area and took the puppies from the store’s kennel.

“They just took a variety of different puppies as far as breeds are concerned,” said Petland general manager Chris Brauer. “It doesn’t look like they were after one individual, they just came and grabbed a bunch.”

According to Brauer, the men took two passes through the store to gather the pure-breed puppies, at one point dropping a puppy before picking it back up.

“I don’t feel that the individuals that came and took them are concerned about the well being of the dogs,” said Brauer. “Its really obvious that they aren’t taking care of the puppies.”

Brauer noted that some of the puppies had only been in the store for three to four days and require a “regiment of special attention and treatment.”

According to the police report, two Boston Terriers and a Yorkshire Terrier, valued at $1500 each, were among the dogs stolen.

“I can’t imagine that anybody would be motivated by anything other than just the greed and opportunity to think they could resell them and make quick money,” said Brauer.

Unfortunately, this is not a new occurrence for the company. In October, a pair of thieves stole a total of nine puppies from two separate North Texas pet store locations. One of the suspects was arrested two weeks later; the other remains at large. It’s unclear whether or not the cases are related.

“While we did try to take measures to prevent that from happening quite so easily here,” said Brauer, “it didn’t seem to work.”

Brauer confirmed that all of the stolen dogs are microchipped and will be reported as lost/stolen to the appropriate agencies.

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