PLATTSBURGH — City Police are trying to round up two dozen puppies that appear to be victims in a abandonment scheme.
“When you see how tiny and defenseless these puppies are it definitely pulls on the old heartstrings,” City Police Chief Desmond Racicot said.
“But this is a criminal case and has to be handled as such.”
The case involves the husband of a pet-store owner who was charged with animal cruelty last month. The plan apparently was to get rid of the dogs, many of which were sick, to avoid costly veterinary bills, according to City Police.
City Police were called last Saturday morning to Northern Puppies pet store at 11 Plattsburgh Plaza to investigate a report that the store had been burglarized.
When an employee arrived for work, she had found the back door forced open, police said. Money had been stolen from the cash register, and shelving units had been knocked over. Also, 24 puppies between the ages of 8 weeks and 6 months were missing.
She called police.
Later Saturday night, police learned that a family living near Strackville Road in Peasleeville had found a German shepherd puppy in the woods. A few hours later, members of that family and friends went searching in the same general area and found another German shepherd puppy.
City Police said in a news release that they were able to identify the dogs as those that had been reported stolen from Northern Puppies.
On Saturday night and Sunday, police used all-terrain vehicles and searched the woods in Saranac, Peasleeville and Dannemora. They found another puppy in the woods near Collins and Pup Hill roads.
Three more of the Northern Puppies dogs were found by residents in the area and were turned in to a local veterinarian and shelter.