MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Three dogs have been stolen from northeast Minneapolis neighborhoods since Sept. 17, according to the city. In the most recent theft, reported on Oct. 4, a Maltese was stolen from a front yard tie-out leash.
The good news is 2 of the 3 dogs have been reunited with their owners, and one dog owner says that while her dog went missing, she doesn't agree with the city's report that it was stolen.
Dog theft incidents
27XX Marshall St NE
6-year-old black Maltese named Bebe was taken from a tie-out leash in the front yard while the other resident dog was left behind. Case number 15-372413. UPDATE - The dog has been found and reunited with its owner.
22XX 6th St NE
4-month-old pitbull puppy named Kingston was taken from inside a home. Kingston's color was described as brownish/black with a white spot on all 4 paws and also has a white stripe on his chest. Kingston was wearing a black and white colored collar. Case number 15-357371 .
25XX Central Ave NE
Owner returned to her car in the parking lot of a business to find one of two dogs was taken from the car. Sassy, a 3-year-old Chihuahua, is brown and white and was wearing a red flea collar. Case number 15-351381. UPDATE - The dog's owner told Fox 9 that she found her dog and believes it jumped out of the truck.
There is no suspect information in these dog thefts. The city of Minneapolis is reminding all dog owners to microchip their pets, which increases the likelihood they will be reunited with the owner in the event they go missing.