TOWAMENSING TOWNSHIP –Employees at the Country Junction near Lehighton are keeping a closer eye on their animals after what happened this weekend.
Management says sometime around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday a 10-week old Red Dachshund was stolen from the store.
“When an animal is stolen it becomes very alarming because we’re not sure if the puppy is going to get to a good home, and that’s our biggest concern, the safety and welfare of the puppy,” Michael Burke, vice president of Country Junction said.
Employees believe someone walked into an area for employees only on Saturday. That’s when they believe someone took the puppy when employees were helping other customers.
“It was the cutest thing in the world. It would have made a great family pet,” Krista DeLuca of Effort said.
DeLuca brought her college friend, Emma Goodrich to Country Junction on Saturday. Goodrich said everyone was in awe over the puppies.
“Everyone was really giving them attention but nobody was really like in the area because they couldn’t… I didn’t think they could get into the area,” Goodrich said.
Workers say with Country Junction’s fall festival going on they’re seeing larger crowds in the store on the weekends.
Customers say it’s upsetting that someone might take advantage of the crowds to steal a puppy.
“What are you possibly going to steal a dog for? Like there is no reason to steal a dog. If you want a dog that bad you should be able to afford it in the first place. If not you shouldn’t be taking the dog,” Goodrich said.
Management said they are looking back at surveillance video to see if they can get a description of the person responsible.
“We’re looking at surveillance cameras right now, going back through the footage,” Burke said.
Anyone who might have seen anything or has information on the stolen puppy is asked to call state police in Lehighton.