NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A New Haven pet store owner says someone broke into his store and took off with five puppies on Wednesday night.
Police were on scene at Safari Stan’s Pet Center, at 142 Amity Road, after someone allegedly broke into the store through a side wall and stole five puppies.
Safari Stan’s owner tells News 8 that when he came to work Thursday morning, he discovered that the puppies were missing and that there was a big hole in the wall.
The pet store is located in a plaza and is in between a pizza shop and an empty storefront.
The manager worries that whoever has the puppies won’t know how to care for them because they are so young.
She says they are so young they were not even ready for sale: “We were extremely upset because they’re so young. We’re just worried about the puppies.”
The puppies stolen were all pure and coveted breeds, together costing about $23,000, according to police:
- A 17-week-old Cocker Spaniel
- A 12-week-old mini Goldendoodle
- A nine-week-old Alaskan Klee-kai
- An eight-week-old mini Bulldog
- A nine-week-old Rottweiler
All of the precious pups just arrived two days ago, kept off the main floor until they could be checked by a vet and get a little older.
Martinez believes whoever did this knew exactly which breeds to take–and exactly how to get to them.
“I just want to make sure they’re not somewhere dangerous for them…We just want to make sure they’re all right…It’s our worst fear. We love these dogs a lot so having them stolen from us is definitely heartbreaking.”
There is a $1,000 reward being offered for information leading to finding these puppies.
The dogs are chipped, luckily. Safari Stan’s is asking all vets to be on the lookout.
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Anyone with information on the puppies is urged to contact New Haven police.