Thieves break into two Wichita pet stores, steal puppies; two now recovered

Female Miniature Australian Shepherd puppy stolen from the east Petland location in Wichita on January 2, 2018. (Poto courtesy Petland East Wichita)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Thieves broke into two Wichita pet stores overnight and stole a pair of puppies from each store.

Female Miniature Australian Shepherd puppy stolen from the east Petland location in Wichita on January 2, 2018. (PHoto courtesy Petland East Wichita)

Keaton White with the Petland store on E. Kellogg Drive said the thieves broke into that store around 2:15 a.m. Monday and stole a female Miniature Australian Shepherd and male French Bulldog. White said the burglars broke the store’s front door, and also shattered the glass front of the display case where the puppies were housed.

Male French Bulldog puppy stolen from east Wichita Petland store. (Photo courtesy Petland East Wichita)

White said it appeared from surveillance video that the Aussie put up a fight and bit one of the thieves.

Around 2:54 a.m., a pair of thieves also broke into the Petland store in the 3500 block of N. Maize Rd. and stole two other puppies. One of them was a 10-week-old male Golden Retriever.  The other dog was a 12-week-old female Huskey-Heeler mix.

Rebecca Hertel, the owner of the west side location, said the thieves also broke through the front door and the glass front of the display case where the puppies were kept. She said it appeared from surveillance video the Retriever was dragged through the broken glass.

An employee at the west Petland location said the Golden Retriever and one of the puppies stolen from the east side Petland have been recovered.

KSN has reached out to the Wichita Police Department, but it’s not known whether any suspects are in custody in the case of either break-in.