JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Mandarin pet store owner and her employees are hoping they can recover two stolen puppies.
Burglars smashed in the front door Friday night, and ran off with two valuable animals.
"When I got here this door was busted out," said Lynn Lamereaux, owner of Pet World on San Jose Boulevard.
Lamereaux has owned Pet World for 25 years. Friday night, shortly before 11 p.m. a burglar alarm went off. She was contacted and police responded to her business.
Inside, she found that two of her puppies were missing.
"It makes me angry, it makes me wonder what people are thinking," she said.
A 3-month-old Morkie valued at more than $1,000 was taken, as well as a 9-week-old English bulldog valued at more than $3,000.
"Our staff is very distraught over this whole thing. It isn't like someone stealing my car, this is like kidnapping. We want our babies back, they are like our children."
Pam Allen works at Pet World and had been taking the Morkie home with her every night, but Friday night it snuggled up to a Yorkie, so it was left at the store.
"I am heartbroken, I feel like it is a baby that has been taken from me," Allen said. "The Morkie, the coloring underneath is very light. The Bulldog, she has a mole on her left ear that is pretty noticeable."
This is not the first time someone has stolen an animal from Pet World. In fact, they have had animals stolen during regular business hours. "
In the past, they have had success getting those animals back, when a neighbor, a girlfriend, or co-worker would question how someone suddenly had a very valuable pet. They are hoping that happens again.
The Morkie was to be donated to Christ's Church Academy for their auction April 19 to raise money for technology improvements at the school.
"It is a loss for the school. I don't know what we are going to do, pull our resources together and try to find another puppy for them, if we can't get him back, but I really want him back by Friday."
If you have seen the puppies or have any information about the break-in, you are asked to call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at (904) 630-0500 or Pet World at (904) 262-4646.
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