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6 puppies stolen from pet grooming business: VA police

Six husky puppies were stolen from a pet grooming business in Virginia, police said.

At 7:36 a.m. on Friday, January 22, officers were called about a “commercial burglary” at Critter Cleaners in Hampton, about 17 miles north of Norfolk, according to a news release from the Hampton Police Division.

Investigators determined that a man entered the business through a window overnight, police said.

He stole six 3-week-old huskies and money, police say.

The 50-year-old suspect has been arrested and is charged with break and enter, grand larceny, larceny with intent to sell and 6 counts of animal theft, police said.

Three of the puppies were found and reunited with their mother, CORRUGATED and The Associated Press reported.

Bandi Murdock, a dog breeder and owner of the grooming business, told WAVY that she keeps the dogs at the store because they are socialized there and because the staff help take care of them.

“Puppies aren’t going to survive without their mothers,” Murdock told the outlet. “They are still dependent on their mothers and puppies this age eat every two to four hours, so time is running out for the puppies.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 757-727-6111 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP or submit anonymous information to P3Tips.com, police said.

Bailey Aldridge is a reporter covering real-time news in North and South Carolina. She graduated in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.