This is an update on the four puppies stolen from the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter earlier this week. According to an April 24 report by WNEG Radio, they are now back safe with the shelter, and with the Dachshund breeder whose pups were also stolen. The alleged thieves have been charged with second degree burglary.
BOLO for four puppies stolen from Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter in Lavonia
On Thursday, Royston Police, in conjunction with Lavonia Police Investigators and the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, were able to arrest 20-year old Katie Walker of Royston and 21-year old Teven Roebuck of Royston after a lady turned the puppies in to the Lavonia Police Thursday morning after seeing the puppies she had purchased from the pair on Facebook. Chief Bruce Carlisle with the Lavonia Police Department stated
“A lady unknowingly purchased the puppies before she found out they had been stolen. Once she learned through social media that the puppies were stolen, she didn’t want any part of receiving stolen property so she turned them into Royston Police Department.”
Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter Director Sheri Lockhart said shelter workers discovered the puppies missing early Wednesday.
The shelter posted the following on their Facebook wall April 23
“Thank you to social media Northeast Animal Shelter ‘ s puppies where found. Thank you the young girl who bought 2 of the puppies and her mom saw on Facebook they where stolen and she turned them in. By doing this she saved the lives of the 3 week old dachshund puppies that where stolen also for a breeder. Thank Royston Police Dept, Lavonia Police Dept and Franklin County Sheriff Dept for all your hard work today. We are very happy to have recovered all 4 of our puppies. This could of ended badly but didnt. I want to say a big thank you to all involved.”
Not only are Walker and Roebuck accused of stealing the four pups from Northeast Georgia Animals Shelter, that same night the two were also charged with breaking into the home of a Dachshund breeder outside of Royston and stealing four Dachshund puppies valued at $2,500.
The shelter says they’ll be installing a security system, as well as having visitors to the shelter sign in, to prevent this from happening in the future.
Walker and Roebuck remain in the Franklin County Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. The four Dachshund puppies, along with the other stolen puppies, were found at Walker’s home at the time of their arrest Thursday afternoon.
To those out there who are considering a puppy heist from the local shelter, please keep in mind you’ll be arrested and charged with petty larceny. If you broke into a business or home to steal an animal, charges of breaking and entering and burglary may be made. And anyone who helps and doesn’t turn the dogs over to police may be charged with receiving stolen goods.
With the influence of social media sharing, puppy thieves are being caught, and they’re being caught fast. Even if a puppy thief does make it out the door, social media will track down the thieves very quickly.
The person who purchased two of the puppies in the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter theft won’t face charges, as that person helped police by returning the puppies and giving police a statement.