Catherine Ross, NBC 5 News
Petland Dallas was robbed shortly after 3AM this morning. Two thieves came in and stole eight puppies. The incident was recorded on video.
Dallas police say at least two men stole eight puppies from a Petland store.
The burglary, which was caught on surveillance camera, comes just two months after similar break-ins at Petland stores in Plano and Frisco.
"This was a smash and grab -- it only took a couple minutes," said sales manager Nick Chambers. "These guys, they know what they're doing."
A Yorkshire Terrier, a Bichon, two Shih Tzus, two designer mixed-breed dogs and two Boston Terriers are among the stolen dogs.
A police report values the puppies at about $12,000. The store's employees say they're more concerned for the animals' welfare.
"We want them to be safe," Chambers said. "Here at the store we have the facilities and the proper things they need. I don't know what these guys have in mind for the puppies."
The dogs are microchipped.
"These are like our babies," Chambers said. "We take very good care and actually love these dogs."
Catching the thieves while they are still in possession of the dogs could be critical to making an arrest, police said.
An arrest was made in the Plano case, but police are still trying to track down everyone who was involved. Police said it is too early to say if the Dallas burglary is connected to the Plano and Frisco thefts.
Police recommend that anyone who bought a puppy on Friday get it scanned to determine if it is one of the stolen puppies.