Four juveniles charged with animal cruelty, theft in missing puppy case

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Courtesy of WBBJ

CROCKETT COUNTY, Tenn. — Four juveniles admitted before a judge on Monday to stealing four puppies from a Crockett County animal shelter in a case of theft and animal cruelty.

WREG first reported the story when the puppies first went missing last week.

Workers at the animal shelter told investigators the pups were accounted for Monday night, but come Tuesday morning they were nowhere to be found.

Three of the dogs were scheduled to be picked up by the Companion Pet Rescue and Transport on Wednesday to be taken to their new homes in New England.

The juveniles told police they stole the puppies and then buried one of them alive.

The three remaining puppies were rescued and taken to the Companion Pet Rescue and Transport.

According to WBBJ, two of the suspects were charged with burglary, theft and aggravated animal cruelty with the intent of killing the animal.

The other two were pleaded guilty and charged with one-year county probation and community service.

Since the break-in and theft, managers at the animal shelter said they have made security improvements to prevent this from happening again.

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