12 puppies worth more than $15,000 were stolen from a Petland store in Northern Dallas. Employee Shelby Pierce said the stolen pups include bulldogs, German shepherds, huskies and more.
“I broke down at one point because they are so young, and you just get so attached when you see them every day,” she told KDFW-TV.
Surveillance footage shows three people dressed in white taking the dogs from the store at the 11900 Block of Preston Road at Forest Lane.
Pierce told KDFW-TV that Petland is offering a $500 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to a retrieval of the puppies and arrests of the burglars.
A Hotbed for Animal Theft
This particular Petland has faced several burglaries in the past few years.
Last February, someone broke in and walked out with two bull dogs worth more than $6,000 each. Those dogs have not been found.
“They’re just a dollar sign to them,” Pierce said “ … We [employees] do get to know the puppies’ personalities and their characteristics. We see them all as individuals. Like our little babies.”
In July 2015, a man walked out of the Petland with a husky. An employee recognized the thief and police recovered the dogs.
In December 2012, burglars broke through the doors and stole 8 puppies worth more than $12,000. That September, a woman walked out of the store with a parrot on her shoulder but forgot her purse. A man who bought that parrot returned it after he found out it was stolen.
Check out the video below for more pictures of the stolen pups.