WEST COLUMBIA, SC — Liberty and Justice arrived at the PETS, Inc., animal adoption center July 7. By July 9, both were gone, but not in a manner that gives shelter operators any hope they went to good homes.
On July 8, Justice, a cuddly looking white and tan St. Bernard mix about 10 weeks old, was stolen by one of three people who came into the shelter Monday evening. The dog was in an enclosure near the door and taken by one of the group as the others appeared to distract workers. According to the shelter’s Facebook page, Justice was found and returned Tuesday.
On Tuesday, a group of women entered the center at 300 Orchard Drive and selected Liberty. The surveillance video shows the women milling around until employees are busy, then walking out, with the 6-week-old puppy in one woman’s apron.
The puppies are microchipped and registered to PETS, Inc., but the theft alert will only be triggered if the puppies are brought to another shelter or a vet.
Video: Justice stolen July 8, 2013
Video: Liberty stolen July 9, 2013