Two people were charged in connection with stealing an English Bulldog worth thousands of dollars from a Hilliard pet store.
The bulldog was taken from the MochaPet store, located on Nike Station Way, in July. At the time the dog went missing, it was 9 ½ weeks old.
Store managers said that a woman entered the store and seemed interested in the dog. As soon as the store filled with customers, the woman took off with the puppy, employees told 10TV News.
“He was just gone for so long, but finally, when you do get him back, it is the best feeling,” said Adelyn Johnson of MochaPet.
Police said that Jamie Abrahamson ran out of the store with the puppy and hopped into an SUV driven by Bobby Joe Summers.
According to police, the two kept the dog at a house, located in the 3800 block of Alum Creek Drive.
Investigators said that the two tried to sell the puppy to a Columbus woman who came by to look at the dog. The woman took a picture of the puppy and went home remembered seeing a story about a similar dog on the news, investigators said.
The unidentified woman called police, who received a search warrant for the Alum Creek Drive home.
“You can’t say how grateful you are really,” Johnson said. “We are just so happy that he is healthy and safe and back with our MochaPet family.’
MochaPet staff said that the puppy was checked out and was in good shape.
The puppy is back on display and on sale at MochaPet for $3,000. MochaPet plans to donate $500 of the sale to the Columbus Police canine unit to say thank-you for bringing the dog home, MochaPet officials said.
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July 11, 2012: Woman Steals Puppy From Hilliard Pet Store