Thursday, October 18, 2012
Investigation underway following Petland puppy robberies
Nine puppies of various breeds were stolen and likely illegally sold earlier this month.
PLANO Detectives from the Plano Police Department searched an east McKinney residence Tuesday in connection with the theft of nine puppies earlier this month at Petland stores in Frisco and Plano.
While they did not find any of the missing puppies, the department collected evidence and conducted interviews with the residents, who are considered persons of interest in the case, said Officer David Tilley of the Plano Police Department.
"We believe the dogs have been given away or sold," he said. "We want people who may have bought the breeds in question in the last few weeks from sources other than pet stores to take their dogs to a veterinary clinic since the dogs are chipped."
Tilley said the dogs will show up as stolen when they are scanned, and he is not sure what will happen if a stolen dog shows up at a clinic. He said it is possible the dogs will be held as evidence or that they will be returned to Petland since they are still the company's property.
If the people who bought the dogs did so without knowledge that they were stolen, they will likely not face charges, Tilley said.
The dogs taken from the stores include a dachshund, a beagle, a shih tzu, three English bulldogs, a soft-coated Wheaten terrier, a shih-poo (shih tzu and poodle cross) and a Boglen terrier (beagle and Boston terrier cross). They were each 9-10 weeks old at the time of the theft.
Anyone with information on the case should contact Plano PD at 972-941-2148.
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