Officials Fear Puppies are Being Stolen for Bait
Largo, FL - Two puppies will spend the night in a locked room at the Pinellas SPCA. The shelter is taking extra precautions after a series of break-ins. They fear the kennel has become a shopping mall for criminals who are part of a violent underworld.
"About two weeks ago, we had a break-in where they came in and broke the locks through the gate and broke the locks on the kennels," Director of Operations Connie Brooks said.
They took a young male pit bull. Police arrested two people for breaking into a kennel after they turned down for an adoption.
"There are dogs stolen just to be stolen for pit bull fighting," Brooks said. "And we know it goes on. We know it's happening."
Brooks says barbed wire and chain-link fences are ineffective against thieves. She says they're considering surveillance video cameras and hiring 24 hour security.