Police in Bucks County are trying to find two stolen Cavalier Spaniels puppies from a breeding kennel.
Fox reported that the kennel is located within the 400 block of East Cherry Road in Quakertown.
It was reported that the puppies were stolen Friday.
ABC reports that the Smiths of Quakertown have bred Cavalier Spaniels for 16 years. Their dogs can sell for up to $3,500 each.
Breeder Jonathan Smith spoke to ABC and told the outlet, “They were actually originally developed to be companion pets for British royalty, King Charles II.”
It was reported that overnight Friday, someone went into the barn, where the animals were kept and took two puppies named Ansel and Adelaide.
The puppies were 7-weeks-old and still nursing with their mother. The breeders explained that the puppies are at a huge survival risk.
“The biggest risk here is that they will get pneumonia, and within a few days they will be gone,” breeder Candy Smith told ABC.
Johnathan Smith told Inquirer.com, “The breed is very fragile when they are young. They do need their mothers.”
The Smiths said that they do not have any surveillance cameras on their property and left their doors unlocked. They said that nothing like this has ever happened before.
It has been reported that since the incident, there have been wifi cameras installed.
“We got a little bit lax in that department, but whoever did this most likely had to walk through the woods from the back in order not to be seen,” Jonathan Smith told ABC.
They are not sure who took the puppies. However, they did advertise the stolen dogs on their website for Willow Spring Kennel.
It is not believed that the two current employees took the dogs. Richland Township police told outlets that at this time, they have no suspects.
Terry Smith, another breeder, thinks it could be a former employee or someone familiar with the breed who might know the market value of the dogs.
The Smiths are concerned about the puppies’ welfare and say they will not survive if they are not provided with critical care.
There is a reward for the dogs, but it is for an undisclosed amount.
If you or someone you know has any information, call Sgt. Mike Kisthardt at 215-536-9500.