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Great Dane Puppies Stolen, Trainer Believes They Were Lured With Hot Dogs

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(Source: CBS4) Gaby Fleischman
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two South Florida dog owners are asking for the public’s help after four Great Dane puppies were stolen from a Homestead backyard.

“It’s like your kid, your own children were kidnapped. It’s very, very disturbing that someone would do that,” said Sid Calk, who owns two of the dogs.

The owners believe the dognappers cut through a fence and snatched the puppies from their trainers’ home Saturday night.

“We’re devastated,” said Kathleen Fennell, the owner of the two tan colored dogs. “We really feel like it was a calculated thing that somebody’s been watching and knows that we have the dogs here.”

The five to six-month-old dogs, each weighing nearly 100 pounds, were being trained for show at a house on 248th Street and 202nd Avenue.

The dogs’ trainer said he found hot dogs inside the cages and believes the food was used to lure the dogs out quietly.

“I feel terrible because they are puppies,” said trainer Ely Betancourt. “They need attention, they need medicine, they need special food.”

The puppies’ owners are desperate for answers.

“It’s terrifying for me to know that these puppies are in a situation they don’t know where they are they don’t know who has them,” said Fennell.

Calk and Fennell are blasting stolen signs across social media in hopes that someone will bring their dogs home safely. They are offerings reward, no questions asked.

“They’re out there, they’re scared they can be used in fighting, they could be out wandering in the Everglade,  they could be anywhere,” said Calk. Please being my babies home.”

If you have any information call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or call the owner at 787-404-4442.

Click here to WATCH CBS4’s Gaby Fleischman’s report

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