Dogs Disappearing From Their Yards

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Bay and Calhoun County-Several area families are reporting that their dogs have been stolen.
A few of those people believe the dogs may have met a horrible fate.

"They've been here for years and never left. Somebody had to have come to the end of the drive way and call them down. Of course being the friendly dogs that they were they just jumped right in," says dognapping victim.

Joanna and her husband are definitely animal lovers.
They've taken in several rescue dogs and cats over the years giving them a safe home.
Now, they say, someone has threatened that safety.

"I definitely want to warn people to be careful. This is not an urban legend or any type of rumor running around. It's real," says Joanna.
Three of her dogs were taken right out of her yard.

Only thirty minutes after Joanna's dogs disappeared, another woman's dogs were taken too.

She saw two young men grab her dogs from her front yard and throw them in the back of a blue Ford pick up truck.

She placed ads in the newspaper, on Craigslist, and posted flyers all around the neighborhood.

The two women met after seeing each other's ads in the newspaper and on Craigslist.
They're now working together to get to the bottom of this.

Several of the pet owners told us they believe the thieves are part of a dog fighting ring, and that their animals are being used to train pit bulls to fight and kill.

We contacted law enforcement officials in all both counties and they say they have not seen an increase in the number of stolen pet incidents.

If you know anything about these cases, please call your nearest law enforcement agency.

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