The owner of a group of Bulldog puppies bred to be service animals for the hearing-impaired is calling for their safe return after they were stolen while she was taking them to be vaccinated.
“I just want the puppies [brought] back to me safely,” Ryan Fingerle told KNBC-TV on Sunday.
Security footage shows two men taking the six puppies out of Fingerle’s car while she was inside the animal hospital. One man can be seen approaching the vehicle, looking toward it, walking away, then returning with another man, at which point they take a box containing the six-week-old dogs, valued at $1,000 apiece.
“That day I was crying my eyes out, non-stop,” Fingerle, who is also hearing-impaired, said to KNBC.
KNBC reported that a witness told her they saw the men throw the dogs over a fence. Three of them were eventually recovered and returned to her home, but Fingerle said the litter’s mother is still distraught over the loss.
“She mopes around the house looking for puppies,” Fingerle said to KNBC.
Watch footage of the dogs being taken, posted on YouTube on Sunday by user “BuzzNews Now,” below.