JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - 135 dogs and cats are waiting for homes, but two dogs were missing. The cage sits empty and the shelter's director Debbie Dobbs says the puppies were stolen.
It happened Friday afternoon 1:00. The shelter's surveillance video captures two women looking at dogs.
"Very friendly, asked us a lot of questions about a lot of animals and the costs," says Dobbs.
Dobbs showed us the video, including a clip of a woman apparently putting a puppy in her tote bag. Dobbs believes the woman walked right out the front door past two unsuspecting workers.
We asked her why someone would take a puppy. She says it could be the $95 adoption fee, "Well, in today's economy yes, but that doesn't make it right. That doesn't make stealing right," adds Dobbs.
Dobbs adds maybe they're hoping take the dogs and breed them because when the animals are adopted they must be spayed or neutered.
Whatever the reason the shelter is making security changes. The shelter has placed locks on every cage with a puppy. Now, if you want to get a puppy out a shelter worker has to unlock the door.
They're also banning bags from the shelter. Dobbs says this isn't the first time a dog has been taken using a tote bag.
"Now people with large purses, tote bags and backpacks are not allowed in the kennels," adds Dobbs.
With the changes in place the workers here are hoping every dog and cat finds a new home, after the proper adoption procedure is followed.
According to the director of the shelter, both dogs were safely recovered Thursday afternoon. Johnson City Police have issued citations to both women in the video. They're facing a citation of theft under $500.