Calgary police are investigating after two nine-month-old puppies were swiped from a pet store in the city’s northeast.
At around 1:30 a.m. Saturday, the front store window of the Top Dog Store located 5010 4 St. N.E. was smashed and two puppies were taken from their glass kennels.
“It appears they smashed the glass on top of the puppies and grabbed the Boston terrier and a little puggle and took off out the same window they came into and disappeared,” said store owner Robert Church.
The Boston terrier was the most expensive pup in the store, with a price tag of $3,500, and the puggle, which is a mixed breed between a beagle and pug, was on sale for $2,700, according to Church. In the 30 years he’s worked with pets, he’s never experienced animals being stolen or been so concerned for their wellbeing.
CPS spokesperson Scott McCann said it appears nothing else was taken from the store aside from the puppies. The forensic crime scenes unit was called to the scene, searching for fingerprints, shoe prints or anything else of interest for forensic testing.
The investigation will be passed to the force’s break-and-enter detail, McCann said, even though the stolen goods are living creatures. Police will be using CCTV footage in the investigation but at this time there is no description of the offender.
Church said he and his staff are worried about the safety of the two puppies.
“We’re worried they won’t be looked after properly, that they’re going to harm them or allow harm to come to them,” said Church. “I don’t want them to harm the animals … Those animals were in my care and I was responsible for them and now I can’t be responsible for them anymore.”
Church said two puggle littermates were covered in glass, scared but uninjured, when they were found in the store early Saturday morning.
Both puppies were micro-chipped for permanent identification which could help the investigation if the dogs are located.
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