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Puppies stolen from Melbourne pet store as police hunt dog thieves who took cavoodles and spaniels

  • Puppies stolen from pet store in Melbourne as police launch manhunt for thieves
  • The four cavoodle pups were taken from the Camberwell shop on Saturday night
  • The manager was alerted by the store’s alarm but arrived to find the dogs gone

Puppies have been stolen from a pet store in Melbourne as police launch a manhunt to track down the gutless thieves.

The manager of the Rainbow Jungle Pet Superstore in Camberwell in the city’s east found the shop broken into late on Saturday night.

She was alerted to the break-in but found four cavoodles were gone and immediately notified police after the theft at around 11.20pm triggered the store alarm.

Puppies have been stolen from a pet store in Melbourne as police launch a manhunt to track down the gutless thieves

The four cavoodle puppies aged between seven weeks and nine weeks old had only been at the store for a week before they were taken.

Cavoodles are a cross breed between Cavalier King Charles spaniels and poodles. 

Two male dogs had been on sale by the store for $3,000. The value of the other two missing dogs has not been revealed.

Victoria Police is now urging members of the public in the area around Toorak Road who may have seen anything to come forward.

The four cavoodle puppies aged between seven weeks and nine weeks old had been taken from the shop on Saturday night

The four cavoodle puppies aged between seven weeks and nine weeks old had been taken from the shop on Saturday night

People are also asked to report anything they hear about or if they see the missing dogs.

Footage from CCTV cameras is set to be reviewed by detectives on Monday, a spokesman for Victoria Police told Daily Mail Australia.

Initial inquiries has detected a door at the back of the business had been forced open from an alley.

The spokesman said: ‘We are appealing to the person or people responsible for the theft to get the puppies to an animal shelter as they are quite young and need the right care and attention.’

The manager of the Rainbow Jungle Pet Superstore in Camberwell in the city's east found the shop broken into late on Saturday night

The manager of the Rainbow Jungle Pet Superstore in Camberwell in the city’s east found the shop broken into late on Saturday night

They added residents should stay aware about ‘a new addition or additions regarding Cavoodle pups in their neighbourhood’.

In an earlier statement, Victoria Police said: ‘Police are investigating after four Cavoodle puppies were stolen from a Camberwell pet store last night.

‘The manager of the Toorak Road shop was notified that the store alarm had been triggered about 11.20pm.

‘She attended the store and notified police after realising it had been broken into.’ 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au 

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