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Thieves steal puppies from pet stores

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PLANO, Texas -

A pair of stealthy thieves dog-napped expensive puppies from pet stores in Plano and Frisco early Monday morning.

A Plano police report says shortly after midnight, two men broke through the front door of the Petland store on Coit Road.

In minutes, they stuffed seven pups into a suitcase and a laundry basket, then quickly went back out the door before police could respond to the alarm.

"They headed straight back to where the puppies are," said Lisa Abair, the Petland Plano owner. "They knew what they were doing."

About 30 minutes later the same thing happened at the store on Preston Road in Frisco. Within seconds they took the most valuable puppies, a pair of English bulldogs, were gone.

"To see them treating them like they were it makes me sad because I know they're not going to be treated the way they should be treated," said Josh Nie, the Petland Frisco general manager.

In all, the retail value of the pups was more than $12,000.

The burgled breeds include a dachshund, a beagle, a Shih-tzu, a Shih-poo, a beagle-Boston Terrier mix, three English bulldogs and a soft-coated Wheaton terrier.

The stores sent out pictures of all the animals to local shelters and vet clinics.

"Every Petland puppy is microchipped and an Amber Alert has been issued for all of our puppies," Nie said.

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