MIAMI (CBSMiami) –A pricey puppy is missing from a Pembroke Pines pet store. Now employees hope surveillance video will help them get the dog back and lead police to the person who allegedly took him.
Employees of Petland Pembroke Pines at 356 N University Drive say a woman took advantage of a busy night to make off with a puppy worth $2,000. The case of the purloined pooch began November 13th. Surveillance video from the store, shows a woman enter the store and slowly walk towards the rear.
After looking at several puppies in cages on a wall, she asks a clerk to see an 8-week–old Maltese the employees called “Snowy”.
“Super great personality everyone was in love with him,” said Petland Manager Tabitha Paul.
On the video, the woman goes to a small cubicle in the middle of the store where she can sit with the dog away from the crowd.
“They did exactly what they were supposed to do…made her sanitize her hands, put her in a room, told her they’d be right back and went to help another customer,” said Paul.
The tape shows two minutes later the woman gets up and leaves the store. Employees say after she walked away, the puppy was gone.
Paul said the woman walked quickly to the front of the store and out into the parking lot where a vehicle was waiting.
“We actually had a witness tell us she jumped into a big black truck with big wheels,” said Paul.
Paul hopes by releasing the video someone will recognize the woman and call the police.
Petland is concerned the little dog could be in danger.
“Our biggest thing is the well-being of the puppy. We just want to make sure we get the puppy back as soon as possible ….especially with smaller dogs they go home, they get stressed out change of environment,they can catch a cold,” said Paul.
The store manager is asking anyone who sees a puppy like this one for sale to find out exactly where that puppy came from and make sure it isn’t stolen.
“Somebody who takes a puppy like that has no good intentions. It’s a simple as that,” said Paul.
Petland microchips all the puppies so if it’s taken to a vet or shelter it will show up as stolen.
The store said a police report has been filed but police have not confirmed whether they are investigating this as a theft.
If you have any information, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.
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