The Tussing Block Watch in Pickerington warned people about two dogs taken from their secured backyard.
"Losing two of them would be a real terrible thing. Couldn't imagine it," David Mize said. But it almost happened last week.
Mize said his wife was home and let their three dogs in the backyard to play in the 3200 block of Jacklin Drive in Pickerington.
When Mize's wife went to check on the dogs, two of them were missing. The family's backyard gates were still locked.
"(My wife) went down off the steps into the yard, and it's not that big a yard. You can see pretty quickly the dogs aren't here," Mize said.
Mize said Columbus Police came out to help.
He said about two hours after the dogs disappeared, Patience and Scottie were found across the neighborhood.
Mize said whoever took the dogs may have been frightened by the police presence.
"They think perhaps they just felt like they'd lost the opportunity and put the dogs out and took off," he said.
The Tussing Block Watch said several dogs have been taken over the last few years.
The block watch coordinator said that since 2009, eight dogs have been stolen in the area.
Mize is glad to have his two dogs back.
He's now beefing up security in his backyard and sharing his story as a warning to others.
"You think you're secure because during the day when you're busy, it's very easy for someone to walk up and open the gate, let the dogs out and they're gone," he said.
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