Las Vegas police look for suspects accused of stealing multiple puppies from pet stores
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects who are accused of stealing multiple puppies from pet stores.
According to police, the incidents occurred “in the very early morning hours” on Oct. 24, and then again on Nov. 1. The second incident occurred at Puppy World on Durango, as FOX5 found out.
Police said that the individuals are accused of burglarizing pet stores in the Spring Valley area and stealing multiple puppies.
Anyone who recognizes the suspects is asked to contact Spring Valley PD and Detective H. Emry at 702-828-1926 or H13332E@LVMPD.com reference Event LLV221000090914 and Event LLV221100000413.
Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers: (702) 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofNV.com.
FOX5 caught up with an employee of Puppy World on Durango Thursday.
“Somebody broke in and they took some dogs. And so basically we’re doing anything we can to corral that, but we’re working with, you know, detectives, and trying to get the word out there,” said Matthew Baldwin, sales manager at Puppy World.
The store carries dogs of ages mostly in the 9 to 10 weeks range.
According to their website, they carry breeds including Cavalier King Charles and Burmese Mountain Dogs. Those breeds are known to be expensive. However, this employee said he does not know what the motive behind the theft was.
He added that the business is a common hangout for young people.
“Everybody wants the love of a puppy. We’ve got people coming in here every day they love all these babies, it doesn’t cost anything to pet them. You know, if you want to take one home, some people find that the only way they can do that is, you know, malicious means. But it’s, it’s not something that’s super common. More often than not, people that come in here are pretty good-hearted,” he said.
He added, “We do everything we can to make sure that it’s a secure as possible in here.”
Puppy World on Durango only recently opened this past spring.
“For us, the concern is those couple of puppies-- we’re concerned more so for like their well-being,” he said. “So all we can do is hope that the person that has those puppies is going to take them to the vet, you know, get their health checks done, get their shots done, feed them good food, you know, cause all of our puppies go home with food and toys and pee pads and stuff. And so those puppies didn’t get that. So all I can do is hope that they’re taking care of them, and nurturing them. Like that’s my biggest concern. Like monetary-- money, is replaceable.”
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