Puppies Stolen in DeKalb County Animal Shelter Burglary, Employees Say

DeKalb County Police are investigating a brazen break-in and burglary at a DeKalb County animal shelter early Friday morning.

Employees of PAWS Atlanta, which is located on the 5200 block of Covington Highway, say the shelter cares for many abandoned animals on-site at night, so they monitor their security cameras.

At around 3 a.m. Friday, employees say they noticed someone wearing a hoodie walking suspiciously through the shelter, heard the sound of glass breaking and called the police.

When they arrived at the shelter, they found the back door window smashed by a stone and crates left open.

A total of three dogs were missing – two puppies named Violet and Emilia and a toy Yorkie. Employees believe a fourth dog may have been taken, but the thief dropped it in the off-leash area of ​​the shelter.

Violet and Emily (PAWS Atlanta)

Shelter workers say they believe the thief targeted dogs they thought were useful.

“I’ve been here for 15 years and it’s something I never thought would happen,” Laura McKelvey, manager of the shelter, told FOX 5.

McKelvey said the saddest part was that the stolen Yorkie had already been promised to someone and was about to be adopted.

If you know anything about the crime, contact DeKalb County Police.