Family begs thieves to return stolen puppy

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 13, 2015) -- A Broad Ripple family is desperate for thieves to return their puppy.

Wednesday evening, when Amy Engel and her 11-year-old daughter came home, they noticed their back door was kicked in and some of their belongings were gone.

The thieves stole a TV, a computer and their 5-month-old puppy, May.

“This is not a robbery, it’s a kidnapping to us,” said Amy.

The mother and daughter spent all day Thursday handing out flyers to neighbors and businesses in the area.

Ava got the puppy for her birthday, which just happens to be in May.

“She was mine. I really want her back. She’s really special to me,” Ava said.

May, a tan and white Papillon, weighs about five pounds.  The family said the thieves shouldn't worry about getting in trouble. They just want May back at home and say they can drop the dog off at a neighbor’s house, a vet or even a pet store--no questions asked.

Being a mom, Amy isn’t usually about rewarding bad behavior, but in this case she admits she will.

“If you want some cash, bring the dog back and I’ll give you some. We just want the dog back,” Amy said.

The family doesn’t care about the TV or the computer.

“If you have the kindness in your heart I would really appreciate it if you brought her back,” said Ava, who was training May to be a show dog.  May’s second puppy match was supposed to be Friday.

IMPD detectives are investigating this case.  If you know anything that could help find May call IMPD.


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