Two puppies stolen during pet store burglary
MITCHELL, S.D. — Two 8-week-old puppies were stolen during a break-in shortly before 2 a.m. Tuesday at a Mitchell pet store.
The two puppies, miniature poodles valued at $599 each, were taken right out of their enclosures during the break-in, which lasted about 45 minutes, Anderson said. A wire dog crate also was stolen.
An employee discovered the break-in shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday after noticing pieces of plastic on the floor near the cash register, which was smashed with a hammer, Anderson said.
The puppies had just arrived at the store Monday afternoon, Anderson said. He worries they won't be cared for properly, as all puppies go through an adjustment period after arriving at the store and employees typically give them special supplements and carefully watch the puppies' diets.
Anderson is offering a $150 reward for information leading to the dogs’ return.