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Baby Chihuahua Stolen from Mall Pet Store; Suspect Caught on Video

Joliet police were notified of the theft of the 1.5-pound female dog from the Furry Babies store, employee says.

A 1.5-pound female chihuahua was stolen from the Furry Babies store in the Louis Joliet Mall. Video captured an image of the man taking the dog at about 8 p.m. Friday night.

Here is what an employee posted on the Joliet Patch Facebook page:

I work for furry babies in the Louis joliet mall. We have a man on camera stealing one of our babies. She is a 2 month old blue chihuahua. He weighs about 1.5 lbs. this was around 8 pm last night. It has been reported to joliet police.

Here is a links to a story broadcast on WLS-TV (Channel 7) Saturday night on the theft:

abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8978484

Adopt February 03, 2013 at 04:36 PM
All pet stores get there puppies from puppy mills. Many shops don't even actually know where their dogs come from. The buyers will say that the dogs come from reputable private breeders, and the shop staff are lied to just to propagate this deception and the staff will continue to offer a "guarantee" that the dogs are from private breeders. The guarantee means nothing, it's not even worth the paper it is written on. There is no legal definition of a puppy mill so they can guarantee all they want. And since there is no legal definition of a puppy mill, you can't actually prove the dog came from a puppy mill so it would never hold up in court.
Adopt February 03, 2013 at 04:37 PM
So while they will guarantee whatever they want, it doesn't make them any less a puppy mill. Reputable breeders work tirelessly to create dogs that meet the breeds standards and are in excellent health and temperament. They will also guarantee, along with pedigree papers, that you will get your money back if the dog has any health or temperament issues. Real breeders carefully screen their customers to make sure the dogs are going to the best homes possible. Think about it, would a great breeder give their dogs to store, just to have the pups they lovingly raised go into random homes?
Adopt February 03, 2013 at 04:37 PM
The answer is 'no.' A good breeder will never sell their pups to a store. Most likely, the dogs are getting obtained through a broker, and so the pet store is told that the dogs come from a good breeder, and then the broker doesn't say anything about the dogs actually coming from a mill. Guarantees and whatnot are just fluff to lure customers into a false sense of security. I've helped shut down two puppy mills and the conditions these dogs are forced to live in are absolutely heartbreaking. The only way to be sure that you are not supporting puppy mills is to adopt or use a reputable breeder. Anything else is more than likely supporting the torturous abuse of animals. I highly encourage all to do their research on puppy mills. Just do a google image search for puppy mills and you will see the tip of the iceberg
Krista February 03, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Point here is a PUPPY was STOLEN!!! Please help to identify the man!!!! I know there are a lot of children that would be better off without an abusive family? Would you like to go steal them also....so they will be "better off"????
Heidi February 03, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I think... You dont know what your talking about. Anyone that steals a puppy will never take it to a vet. Poor puppy.
Heidi February 03, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Well said!!
Buy From a Breeder February 03, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Furry Babies buys their puppies from puppy mills. We have the names of the mills that they buy from. We've seen the USDA reports with all the violations. The parents are prisoners of greed kept in cages their entire lives. No human affection, no grooming, no Vet care, no freedom, toys or even beds. They live on urine and feces covered wire floored cages that rip up their paws. When people buy the puppies, they are supporting the mills and systematic animals abuse along with Consumer Fraud. Please help us educate the public about where the pet stores get their puppies!
Single Mom February 03, 2013 at 05:41 PM
LMAO!!!!!
Krista February 03, 2013 at 05:41 PM
More information about the puppy snatching on facebook,com/helpfindthisfurrybaby
lala February 03, 2013 at 05:42 PM
Alsip Nursery in Frankfort, IL is a puppy mill. Don't shop there. Get your pets from the shelters. Plenty of wonderful dogs and cats for a fraction of the cost.
Single Mom February 03, 2013 at 05:42 PM
AMEN!!!
Single Mom February 03, 2013 at 05:43 PM
GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!
I'M JUST SAYING February 03, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Check out story again, It states female but the end of story states Male ?? Hope he Gives it a wonderful Home. For the price of them puppies in petstores they can be there for some time Because of the High Price! Check out your Rescues they have may to choose from :)
Krista February 03, 2013 at 05:46 PM
I have to say some of you people shock me! This man STOLE a tiny puppy. Do you also comment on a child abduction and state that you "hope they give it a great home". So if this puppy was living in a loving home and the man decided he didn't like how they were caring for it, would that make it alright to steal it? This man in a thief. It doesn't matter if you like the store or not. GET REAL PEOPLE!
Single Mom February 03, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Oh Jack PLEASE!!! If they were purebred dogs with good lineage they would NOT be in a pet store! If they were the best of the best people would not have a problem with paying the fees that are asked for the dog. It's a pretty sad day when you can "finance" a dog! Does that NOT tell you something? Hello Jack wake up and smell the bull crap.......er I mean dog crap!!!
Single Mom February 03, 2013 at 05:50 PM
To some degree I agree. Stealing is wrong. But do you think for one minute that a puppy mill dog in one of these stores at the price of $900.00 or MORE is not stealing? I hope that little puppy gets a good home!
Single Mom February 03, 2013 at 05:51 PM
AMEN!!!!!
Single Mom February 03, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Krista Honey, We are not saying that stealing was right. But when you go into that "store" and you are willing to pay a thousand dollars for a dog that isn't a "purebred" then THEY are STEALING from YOU!!! Shut the damn store down and all other pet stores that do this! we are not talking about human life here.....
Single Mom February 03, 2013 at 05:55 PM
OMG THANK YOU!!! FINALLY someone who knows what they are talking about!!!
Theives are thieves February 03, 2013 at 06:07 PM
Agreed Krista. The truth has been lost in the above animal activists self-righteousness.
Love ALL animals February 03, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Confuses me that one minute it is "these poor helpless lives are being neglected in puppy mills" and the next "single mom" is saying its not a human life. So which is it? Are you all animal lovers that care about ALL animals or is it "just" an animal? I know tht everyone at furry babies is very upset about the stolen puppy! They are loved and cared for by every person there!
Adopt February 03, 2013 at 07:32 PM
The employees at the store are being lied to. If any of them had a shred of morality and knew what kind of conditions the puppies' mothers were kept in, they wouldnt work there. No one who has seen a puppy mill could support them in any fashion. No one is saying that they don't care about this particular puppy. The point is, if anyone cared about ANY puppy, they wouldn't support this store. It's simple supply and demand. One puppy sold means one more puppy needs to be bred and one more puppy will be abused. The loss of profit from this one dog means they may not be able to buy 30 more puppy mill dogs. And while the stealing was definitely wrong, I'm ok with their loss of profit in this case. If he stole it because he wanted a dog and couldn't afford it, he should have rescued one from a shelter. If he stole it because he is an animal activist, he should have found a better way to make his point. I'm not sure what kind of background checks are done on the customers before they place their dogs. I question the sanity of anyone willing to pay that much without doing any research, so I don't have a whole lot of confidence in the people going home with these dogs anyway. At the very least, I hope there is some kind of screening process. Otherwise selling the dog to a stranger would be just as risky for the dog as being stolen by a stranger.
Adopt February 03, 2013 at 07:46 PM
http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7noSvQ5RmAQAfXxx.9w4;_ylu=X3oDMTB2NDM0ODd2BHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA01PVVMyNV8xMDQ-/SIG=1343effat/EXP=1359949202/**http%3a//images.search.yahoo.com/search/images%3f_adv_prop=image%26va=puppy%2bmill http://www.peta.org/issues/Companion-Animals/puppy-mills-dogs-abused-for-the-pet-trade.aspx http://www.unitedagainstpuppymills.org/ Do some research
Your opinion is not mine February 03, 2013 at 10:38 PM
I question the sanity of someone who can't stay on topic, is judgmental, and so self-absorbed; she can no longer see right from wrong. I lake confidence in a person who decides how other people should spend their money. This is about a stolen puppy; you turned into a lecture on YOUR views.
Outlaw February 04, 2013 at 12:47 AM
If u dont like it get on facebook with that emotional sheet!
GlockG22Shoots40s February 04, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Likely, the dog does have a chip in it. This guy, or whoever he sells it to, is busted when they take the dog to the vet.
JC February 04, 2013 at 01:52 PM
I am glad he took the puppy! People shouldn't be buying dogs there anyway...they should be rescuing them from pounds and shelters. That store should be closed. No animal should be bought like a material thing. All those dogs are from puppy mills. It's not the dogs fault...but we have to stop supporting this kind of sale!
Leslie February 04, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Let's hope he's not abusing the puppy. We can't rejoice the theft of this puppy because we don't know what it's fate is. Yes, those puppies come from evil puppy mills and anyone on this thread that denies it should do some reading up on this. I have helped rescues with breeder dog realeases and even the small time breeders neglect the mama and daddy dogs. Very sad and these breeders whether they be big or small operations are staying in business because of the idiots that buy puppies from stores.
Leslie February 04, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Thank you lala. We should use every opportunity to expose these cruel puppy mills and puppy stores.
Linda Carson February 05, 2013 at 07:12 AM
Hey- I wasn't stealing the dog. I, er, was taking him to Taco Bell for a Chalupa !

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