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Police Hunt For 3 Suspects In Brooklyn Puppy Heist

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a trio of dog nappers who swiped a puppy right out of a pet shop in Brooklyn.

As CBS 2’s John Slattery reported, authorities released surveillance video that shows two of the thieves making off with a puppy they thought too cute to resist, or possibly too valuable.

“I’m mortified. I’m completely mortified,” said Melanie Dita Park.

Park is the puppy manager of Puppy Paradise on Flatbush Avenue, where they groom dogs and sell puppies.

On Tuesday, a 9-week-old male Shih Tzu was boosted right out of his cage, Slattery reported.

“They took the puppy, put it under jacket, and left,” Park said.

The video purportedly shows one of the suspects distracting the manager in another room while another suspect takes the dog. A third man is alleged to have helped choose the dog and helped pull off the furry heist.

Park told Slattery the group picked the least loudest dog so it would be easy to walk out without him barking.

“Picked the least loudest dog, which would be a Shih Tzu because it would be very easy for them to walk of the store with a Shih Tzu without a Shih Tzu barking.”

The purloined puppy is worth between $800 and $1,000. It is not known if the men were dog lovers, or if they hoped to sell the pup for cash.

“They did it very sneaky, very malicious, you know,” Park said.

The store owners said they hope that the next time someone wonders how much is that doggy in the window, they will have paid for the pooch before they leave the store.

The Shih Tzu is a toy breed that originated in China and became recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969.

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