A stolen dog alert was issued November 30 after a woman’s purse was snatched at the Bath and Body Works on 1st Avenue and East 61st Street in New York City. Unfortunately, the robbers didn’t realize the woman had her two Yorkie puppies inside her bag, and a frantic search is underway for the missing dogs. The owner is connected to Guardians of Rescue, a 501c3 organization based out of Smithfield, New York, and has enlisted their help in recovering the pups.
According to Guardians of Rescue, the puppies, a male and a female, are around six to eight weeks old and not yet spayed or neutered. The robbers, described as a young African-American couple, grabbed the bag carrying the two puppies and ran out of a store. Police were called and NY1 News interviewed the owner.
Guardians of Rescue recognized the impact social media has on reunited lost and stolen pets with their owner and is asking everyone to get the word out about the stolen puppies. The robbers may discard the dogs when they discover the purse carried them instead of money and other valuables. Business owners in the area are asked to check around and inside dumpsters on their property. It’s also possible the robbers will use Craigslist or another advertising source to sell the dogs.
A generous person on a November 30 Facebook thread about the theft has offered a $500 reward for the safe return of the puppies. Meanwhile, a debate is going on as to whether the woman made the right choice in taking the puppies shopping with her. Some have commented the dogs would have been better off at home in a crate while others believe a good dog owner would keep their pets safe and close by.
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