A suspect has been arrested in a Virginia case involving six stolen Siberian husky puppies, but two of the animals remain missing as of Monday.
Owner and breeder Bandi Murdock was not reassured by the return of four of the 2-week-old dogs over the weekend, she said, as they still depend on their mothers for feedings every few hours .
“Puppies are not going to survive without their mom,” she says Recount NBC WAVY Affiliate from Virginia. “They still depend on their mother.”
The puppies were removed from Murdock’s pet grooming business, Critter Cleaners, in Hampton early Friday, police said. A suspect, who entered through a window, also took cash, they said.
Groomer Libby Howard told WAVY the burglary was discovered when she arrived Friday morning and found a messy store.
She said security video revealed the burglar entered around 1.30am by breaking a window hinge. The suspect snatched a video camera, she said, but the footage remained.
Hampton Police Cpl. E. Williams said in a statement on Saturday that a 50-year-old man was arrested and jailed on allegations of breaking and entering, robbery and pet theft.
Murdock took to social media, handed out missing dog flyers and offered modest rewards in his search for the puppies. The fourth husky was returned on Sunday, she said.
Those who returned the canines included a woman who said a man was selling them on the street, Murdock told WAVY. This woman said she was charged $100 for the pet, the pet salon owner said. A second woman said her boyfriend bought one of the dogs for $50.
Puppies from reputable, top breeders can cost over $1,000.
the American Kennel Club says Siberian huskies, bred to carry light loads over snowy and icy terrain, are rewarding to own. It highlights attributes that include sometimes mischievous expressions, general cleanliness, and an inability to resist the pursuit of small animals.
The Hampton Roads area saw snow on Saturday and sub-zero temperatures were expected Monday night.
“It’s too cold outside,” groomer Howard said. “We are worried. We are very worried.”
Experts say Siberian huskies and other puppies should stay with their mothers for at least eight weeks, and sometimes up to 12 weeks, after birth.