Rowdy Harger came home from running some errands last Wednesday and found his back door wide open and his four puppies missing. “I think somebody kicked in my back door and stole my puppies,” Harger said.
Harger, a disabled Navy veteran, says the mixed breed puppies were part of a litter of eight born in July and were reserved for family members. Four others had already been placed in homes.
Harger says the puppies could not have wandered off on their own because his backyard is surrounded by a six-foot high fence.
Harger says the puppies’ birth mother, Dakota, is part Irish Setter and part Shar Pei. The father, Cooper, is part Rottweiler and part German Shepherd.
Both dogs were still inside the house when Harger got home.
Harger says the neighborhood has been hit with numerous break-ins in recent months.
“We had three break-ins in my garage in the back over the last month or month and a half, so I knew there was lots of thieves and i knew of dognapping and things like that so I’d been keeping an eye on them,” Harger said.
The Marion County Dog Warden was notified of the missing puppies. A spokesman says there have been no reported sightings but anyone with information is urged to contact the Dog Warden’s office.
Harger says his dogs are like family and he gets emotional as he contemplates where the puppies might be. “I can’t imagine. Crappy homes, dog fighters, I mean, what…”
“To the losers that took my dogs – wow. All i can say is wow. If they’re kids, let the parents deal with it. And if they’re older than that… I’d… well you know what I mean.”