Veterinary community rallies to find technician’s stolen dogs

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A veterinary employee's two dogs were allegedly stolen Wednesday, and the search is on to bring them home. The message has been shared more than 300 times online.

The dogs were taken Alexus Sullivan's fenced backyard near the Metal Museum.

"Each pet is, you know, they're family," Sullivan said.

Sullivan has dedicated his life to helping other people's pets for about 20 years. He works as a Veterinary Technician at Petmed Veterinary Emergency.

He has been without his dogs for two days now. He has a 6-year-old purebred American Bulldog named Nellie and a pitbull puppy named Shakespeare, whom he recently rescued.

Sullivan said he had just gotten home from Shakespeare's puppy class Wednesday night when he let the dogs out to play.

After taking a quick shower, he went to let his dogs back inside.

The dogs were not there, and his gate was closed.

The pet community believes this was the work of a crook. Sullivan filed a police report.

"It makes me so angry," Sullivan's co-worker Brandi Harris said.

Harris said veterinary employees see cases like this frequently.

However, this case hits close to home.

Vet clinics are spreading the word about Nellie and Shakespeare online, as well as posting flyers.

The dogs are micro-chipped, and there is a reward for their safe return. They may be brought to any vet clinic.

"Now, it's our turn to help him," Harris said.

"I just want my babies back home," Sullivan said.

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