- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - Authorities are searching for at least two people who broke into a Texarkana animal shelter and stole six pit bulls, one cat and 1,000 pounds of dog food, officials said.

The burglary happened Monday night at the Animal Care and Adoption Center and was captured on surveillance video, said Connie Slater, the shelter’s executive director.

“We’ve got good pictures of them. So it’s just a matter of time before they’re caught,” Slater said.

Slater told the Texarkana Gazette (https://bit.ly/1anQPfL ) that the burglars took four black-and-white pit bulls, two chocolate-and-white pit bulls and one long-hair cat. She said the burglars also took dog food, two dog houses, several vaccination kits and puppy formula. Authorities believe the burglars were inside the shelter for at least an hour Monday night.

A witness reporting seeing at least two people coming from the direction of the center Monday night with several dogs. The witness said one of the dogs ran into the road and was struck by a vehicle. The animals remained missing Tuesday night.

“I guess they were trying to tote all that stuff and my understanding is they lost control of the dogs. One got up on the bridge and got hit. We are concerned for the well-being of all the dogs, but especially for the one who may be injured,” Slater said.

Much of the stolen food was found discarded in a ditch near the shelter, but it can’t be used because it was wet and dirty. None of the vaccination kits have been found.

“They may try to make a little extra money for themselves offering to give shots for a discount. Those vaccinations are not any good because they require refrigeration,” Slater said.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact the Texarkana Police Department.

“I hope we find our babies and they’re not sold. I would just ask anyone who may know something to step forward,” Slater said.


Information from: Texarkana Gazette, https://www.texarkanagazette.com

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