AURORA, Colo. — An Aurora family has had some dog-gone bad luck—literally—their dogs are gone.
Their two boxers disappeared from their home twice in a week.
And both times, the animals ended up for sale on Craigslist.
The big backyard is quiet, with dog toys untouched, and paw prints still evident in the snow.
All indicators of animals that lived here until Tuesday.
“Twice in one week. Yes, it’s been a rough week,” says Katie Hendrickson.
Her two boxers, 3-year-old TJ and 2-year-old Domino, escaped from their backyard the first time last Tuesday.
“I had posted an ad on Craigslist for two lost dogs,” says Hendrickson.
Hours later, her fiancé, Chad Wilson, found this ad for a female boxer for sale.
The seller emailed a picture to Hendrickson’s friend posing as a buyer.
“They were our dogs. Cops got involved. We caught them. That’s the end of this first story,” she says.
The second part happened Tuesday, when the dogs again disappeared.
Katie’s ad went back up.
And hours later, someone else was trying to sell her dogs.
“Saw them on Craigslist. I called them, asked if they had the dogs. They said, ‘Yes.’ I said we’d like to get them back and they hung up on me,” says Wilson.
“My fiancé keeps calling the phone number and they answer and they say, “Here’s the owner again. Here’s the owner again.’ I think these people have our dogs, but they won’t turn them in,” says Hendrickson. “They had their exact same collars on. They didn’t’ even take the collars off. It’s just sad.”
Police say even though these sellers didn’t actually steal the dogs, it’s still considered theft.
“It’s illegal to take something that isn’t yours and either permanently deprive the owner of it or gain from it, in this case they were trying to sell them on Craigslist,” says Aurora Police Sgt. Frank Fania.
Hendrickson hopes whoever has her dogs will try to sell them again.
She regularly scans through the Craigslist Pets section.
She never realized pets could be an easy way to make money.
“They’re purebred. They are valuable. They’re more valuable to me than anything else,” says Hendrickson.
“I just hope to get our dogs back. That’s all we want,” says Wilson.
Aurora Police say they traced the phone number in the Craigslist ad to a person. But that took them to several old addresses.
They continue to investigate.