Thomasville family upset with sheriff’s response to stolen puppies

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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- The theft of four puppies and a family dog in Thomasville was not as surprising to Harvey Baker as what he heard from the Randolph County Sheriff's Office when he called to report the theft.

"They said they can take a report over the phone, that they were real busy and would send an investigator out within seven to 10 days," said Baker.

Baker believes the theft occurred around 2 a.m. Sunday morning. A neighbor told Baker that a dark-colored, four door car was parked in the family driveway at that time.

Since filing a report over the phone on Sunday, Baker and his daughter Stephanie have been visiting animal shelters looking for the 2-year-old brindle pit mix that just had her litter seven weeks ago.

"If we want her back we have to find her," Baker said.

When FOX8 contacted the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, they said after a busy weekend it sometimes takes 2-3 days to get a detective assigned to a low priority case like the dog theft. The detective who spoke with FOX8 was surprised that anyone with the office would tell Baker that it would take a week or more for Baker to talk with an investigator.

Baker believes even two or three days is too much because there were tire tracks left behind that have washed away since he first noticed them.

Two of the puppies Baker is looking for are traditional brindle pits, which means they have brown backs and black stripes. The third dog is tan and the final dog is black and white.


  • abc

    The Winston Salem Police are just as bad. I reported a theft and NOBODY came out to investigate. They took a report over the phone and expected me to investigate it. I also reported fraud and they acted like I was crazy reporting it. What is going on with the police these days? It appears they do not want to do their jobs.

  • sandie64

    Why are they breeding dogs when so many, especially Pit Bulls, are killed every day? Randolph County still used the gas chamber! I’m glad someone stole them. Maybe they’ll get to live a decent life, not chained to a plastic shelter in a mud pit surrounded by garbage.

    • Lucky

      I agree, all you have to do is look at the surroundings and only wonder what kind of conditions the mother dog and her pups were subjected to. I’d hate to raise my children with all that trash (in the yard) all around me. And look at the dog house she had to keep herself and 4 pups in, not very big in my opinion. Should’ve been at least in a larger dog house and in a locked kennel if they’re going to be left outside.

  • Neighbor

    They are not the dog owners they claim to be. Drop by the neighborhood some time, trashiest house in the trashiest neighborhood.

  • Debbie Goldstein

    an even worse,up to this minute, scenario now in Rockingham County..a thief who stole a beloved pet from a home on Piedmont Street 2 weeks ago has been allowed to keep a dog named Bear until she comes to court on Aug. 29// police who asked her to surrender the dog never served a proper warrant to enable them to pick up and save the dog even though the thief called the dog’s owner and told him she would throw his dog from the 50 ft. plus span of the Spray Bridge.She said he will likely land near the boat ramp!!!.isn’t dognapping a felony and a crime here in N.C.??? issuing threats and pre-meditating over a dog’s eventual death is also cruelty to animals!!!! If she had stolen a motorcycle I’ll bet she wouldn’t be riding it til court!!!! No one really knows if she is feeding the dog or if he is still alive!! The thief filed a trespassing summons against two Eden police officers and the mother of the dog’s owner who accompanied them!!Why wasn’t the thief served with a warrant??Wake up police and learn the law!!!

  • Animal Lover

    What kind of life was that 2 yr old Momma dog leading? and WHY BREED?? SMDH,
    I believe Momma and pups were rescued too! THANK GOD !
    Leaving a dog outside to deal with the elements, be it HOT or COLD is in humane and the little girl says every morning before school she use to pet the dog… was that the only attention that poor baby got all day? Looks like it to me!

  • Another neighbor

    Poor dog was rarely fed or watered. Left out in the bitter cold all winter with no shelter. Chained & ignored. Left exposed to any male that came along when she was in heat. This was not her first litter. I hope some kind-hearted person rescued these dogs. Almost anything would be better than how their dogs are treated.

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