Puppy Nappers Strike Petland Store – Twice

If you’ve been in the market for a pure-bred puppy, you might want to beware of any too-good-to-be-true deals.

Twice in about two months, the Petland store at Preston Road and Forest Lane has been hit by burglars intent on snatching puppies.

On Christmas Eve, two thieves broke into the store and stole ‘multiple’ bulldog puppies. Dallas police said the two drove up in a white Dodge Charger around 1:15 a.m. and broke in through the front door.

Video provided by law enforcement officials shows the car pulling up parallel to the store’s front doors. Two people exit, one holding a large bag. The other breaks the glass door, and then both climb through. Security video inside the store then shows them run to the kennels where the dogs were kept, shoving several puppies inside the bag before running out again, getting in the car, and driving off.

PHOTOS: Courtesy Dallas police/Petland

On Feb. 18, thieves gained entry into the store through the front door again, this time around 5 a.m., according to police. It was unclear what breed or breeds were taken in the latest burglary.

Petland Dallas said it would offer a $5,000 reward to the person that can provide information to the police about the latest burglary. On its Facebook page, the store said the thieves stole five puppies, but did not give the breed or breeds of those puppies.

But those two incidents aren’t the only two times the store has been the target of thieves. In 2017, a man walked out with a Malti-Tzu puppy. In 2016, a couple engaged in identity theft to obtain a credit card and then used that card to buy a nearly $7,000 French bulldog. The year before, a man walked out of the store with a Siberian husky puppy.

According to the American Kennel Club, bulldogs and French bulldogs are among the breeds most often stolen. In February, the group warned that around 2 million dogs are stolen each year, sometimes by people intent on “flipping” the animal – or selling it for a quick profit.

Bulldogs, French bulldogs, chihuahuas and Yorkshire terriers are often stolen because they are high value and portable, explained Tom Sharp, CEO the pet recovery nonprofit AKC Reunite.

“The dogs are relatively expensive to get and they’re small, which makes them easy to pick up and run away with,” he told Vice. “You’re not going to steal a dog that you can’t resell for very much money, right? And smaller dogs are just plain more convenient. It can be hard to steal a

100-pound dog who can run away from you.”

Anyone with information on either burglary should contact Dallas police at

To report information about the Feb. 18 burglary, contact detective Jeff Miller at 214-670-7158 or by email at jeffrey.miller@dallascityhall.com. To report information about the Dec. 24 burglary, contact Sara Sheerin at 214-670-7160 or at Sara.sheerin@dallascityhall.com, referencing case #228988-2020.

This story originally ran in our April print edition of Preston Hollow People.

Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson, Digital Editor at People Newspapers, cut her teeth on community journalism, starting in Arkansas. Recently, she's taken home a few awards for her writing, including first place for her tornado coverage from the National Newspapers Association's 2020 Better Newspaper Contest, a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Education Writers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the News Leaders Association, the News Product Alliance, and the Online News Association. She doesn't like lima beans, black licorice or the word synergy. You can reach her at bethany.erickson@peoplenewspapers.com.

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