Search underway for man who stole puppy from Tampa pet store

Hillsborough County

TAMPA (WFLA) – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man who stole a puppy from a pet store in Tampa.

Deputies say it happened on Aug. 13 at 3:30 p.m. when a man entered All About Puppies on North Dale Mabry Highway.

Surveillance video captured the man grabbing an eight-week-old Maltese puppy, from its playpen, and fleeing the store as employees raced behind him.

The puppy has a retail value of $3,000.

The suspect managed to drive away in a burgundy red Kia Spectra that fled Northbound on North Dale Mabry Highway. The puppy is microchipped and has been flagged as stolen.

“This man entered a pet store in broad daylight and snatched a puppy with no hesitation,” said Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister. “Not only is it a living creature that deserves to be treated with respect, it belongs to this business, and should have only left with someone who paid for it.”

Anyone who recognizes the man in the surveillance video is urged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.

All About Puppies is offering a $2,000 reward for any information that lead to safe return of the puppy.

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