MEMPHIS, Tenn. – – A family is heartbroken after police say two dogs were stolen from a Northeast Memphis home Monday night.
Richard Armour owns those dogs. He said he discovered they were taken when he got home around 9 p.m.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I was in shock. I was in disbelief.”
Armour breeds French Bulldogs as a business but said those two dogs, 1-year-old Zeus and 2-year-old Bella, are his personal pets and faithful companions for his 6-year-old daughter Nevaeh and 7-year-old son Bentley.
“I like to play with them a lot,” Bentley said. “That makes me feel really sad (that they’re gone).”
Investigators posted pictures of Zeus and Bella on social media in hopes that it’ll help them track down the dogs. In the post, they said Zeus and Bella are valued at $23,000.
Armour believes the thieves broke into his home on Oldfield Drive by throwing a rock through a glass door in the back of the house. He said they took the dogs and rifled through his cabinets to get the dogs’ paperwork which certifies their pedigree. He claims the dogs are worth roughly $10,000 each.
“These are high-end dogs. They are exotic dogs,” Armour said. “I feel like somebody knew they were here and decided to break in, knew I wasn’t home.”
Armour hopes it gets the furry friends back in his children’s arms.
“I hear stories all the time about how people get their dogs stolen but I never thought it would happen to me,” he said.
He said he keeps his breeding dogs at another location. So, they weren’t home with Zeus and Bella when the thieves broke in.