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Police identify pet shop puppy thief, puppy safe

Posted at 12:17 AM, Jun 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-09 01:06:48-04

UPDATE 6/8, 8:48 A.M.:
Fort Myers Police say the man has been identified and the puppy has been recovered safely.

Gulf District deputies and the Fort Myers Police Department recovered the adorable pup on Pine Island Tuesday morning.

This Shih Tzu puppy was stolen from the Pet Kingdom on Cleveland Avenue on Saturday. Over the last few days, the Fort Myers Police Department has been investigating the case, leading to its rescue.

Fort Myers Police are searching for a man who stole a 9-week-old Shih Tzu from a Fort Myers pet store.

Police say on June 5, the man walked into Pet Kingdom, 4650 S Cleveland Ave., just after 5 p.m., and took the dog out of its pen before putting it under his shirt and walking out.


The man is described as white, with a large build and tattoos on his arms. He was wearing a blue Florida Gator's hat and a green t-shirt. He may have been driving a white sedan with a paper tag on it.

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Anyone with information is asked to please call Fort Myers Police or Crime Stoppers.