String of dog thefts

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News 12 First at Five, September 13, 2007

Several neighbors in the Apple Valley area in Richmond County are hoping whoever stole their dogs, returns them soon. It's happened to Willie Mae Chamberlain three times.

"We just want our animals back and we just want them to stop taking animals that don't belong to you. Just stop stealing peoples animals," Chamberlain said.

Chamberlain's case isn't unique. Her neighbor Betty Hill said her shih tzu mix and a rottweiler were stolen from her home back in April.

Next door neigbor Derik Coney had three pitbulls, but now, only two. Neighbors said their pets are more than just pets, they're members of the family, and they've had enough.

"It's kinda sad because you have other things to do. You don't want to have to keep on every 15 minutes, checking on your dog. That's something you shouldn't have to do. Your house is suppose to be your place of comfort," Derik Coney said.

To keep this from happening to you, Richmond County Animal Control said owners should make sure their pets have a current rabies tag, a current identification tag, and also a micro chip.

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