Catawba County deputies search for stolen French Bulldog puppies worth $2K each

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CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C.– A Catawba County woman said two 9-week-old French Bulldog puppies were snatched from her arms by a woman who said she wanted to buy them, according to WSOC.

Owner Jane Burgess said she fought back and was even dragged in her own driveway as the woman got away with the puppies. She says she has bruises to much of her body from trying to stop what police describe as a “dognapping.”

“It was horrible. People like that are not supposed to be around normal people like you or I,” Burgess told WSOC.

Burgess said she is a breeder and was selling the puppies for $2,000 each.

Investigators believe that value was the motive behind the theft that may have now crossed state lines into South Carolina.

Burgess said the woman had filled out paperwork before taking the dogs, writing down an address near Spartanburg. When she went to retrieve money from her van, the woman took off.

“I thought I would never be tricked like this. This person came into our house and acted absolutely normal,” husband Michael Burgess said.

The couple has been breeding dogs for years and nothing like this has ever happened.

“Of course I was not thinking when I put my life in such danger, but they are my babies,” Jane Burgess said.

Police have not located the woman or the dogs as of Wednesday night.

Read more at WSOC

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