JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. -- After three dogs vanished in less than a year from a remote area of Jefferson County, the pets' owners are depending on a private investigator and large reward to bring their four legged friends home.
"I do think someone came after them," said the dog's owner Deidre. The family, who is worried about future retaliation, reported the three dogs missing after what they describe is a series of strange situations.
"I think there are lot of people out there that love their dogs and would do anything they could if there was something that could be done to find their dogs," added the dog owner.
The family, who is desperately seeking answers, has turned to a private pet detective and is offering a reward of $500 for each animal returned home.
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The private investigator, who runs the company 'The Practical Dog,' said dog abductions are more common that some people would come to believe.
"There are literal groups of people, small groups of people, that will steal dogs especially from nicer homes. Figuring there is a higher likelihood of those people offering a high reward," said Lesa Crowe in a phone interview on Monday.
The Jefferson County Sheriffs Office confirmed there had been no other reports of a dog kidnapping ring. The owners reported they also believe mountain lions could be responsible but are holding out hope for their pets safe return.