Chihuahua stolen from Thornton store is brought back

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THORNTON, Colo. -- A Chihuahua puppy stolen from a Thornton pet store was brought back.

The puppy was returned to the Pet Ranch Tuesday night just before the store closed.

The puppy, valued at $1,000, was taken Sunday by a man and a woman with a child in a stroller.

Surveillance video captured the theft, showing a man with a football jersey take the dog and place it underneath the stroller.

“It’s bad enough you’re going to be a thief, but why use your children? I have a moral issue with that. It’s a child. It’s learning. This is what it’s being taught,” Pet Ranch owner Renee Reese said Tuesday.

Reese said that within hours of our story Tuesday about the thefts, the dog was returned.

No arrests have been made in the case.

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8 comments

  • TB

    Ridiculous. The puppy store is a scam in itself. This story is just theives stealing from an unethical business that sells puppies of questionable breeding from puppy mills… Thousands upon thousands of chihuahua puppies languishing in the shelters and we are worried about this business? I don’t condone stealing, but the pet store is criminal too.

  • Susan N

    Pet stores and their owners and operators are disgusting and just as responsible for the horrendous suffering of the dogs in puppy mills. I adopted two puppy mill survivors and they still suffer emotionally from their past lives. Stealing is of course wrong. But I am more disgusted by the puppy stores.

  • CP

    Really??? “I have a moral issue with that. It’s a child. It’s learning. This is what it’s being taught.” Where is the moral outrage of the pet store owner taking advantage of chidlren begging their parents for a cute little puppy while those puppies’ parents languish in horrible conditions?

  • Missy

    Moral issue??? Hahaha! Coming from a store well known to profit from puppy mills? Disgusting. Please don’t support businesses like this.

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