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Police: Family's dog stolen from Palm Beach Gardens Petco

Posted at 10:19 PM, Apr 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-22 22:21:51-04

A Palm Beach Garden's family is desperately searching for clues as to who stole their 11-year-old dog named Teddy.

"Having him disappear like this, literally taken away is just heart wrenching really," Danielle Cameron said.

Cameron said it all started, Saturday evening when she dropped her daughter's dog named Teddy off at Petco on Legacy Avenue in Palm Beach Gardens for a routine grooming.

"8 o'clock a groomer called and said Teddy was ready I said great I'd be there in a few minutes," she recalled. 

But Cameron says a few minutes later when she showed to the store an employee told her that Teddy was picked up by another woman.

"Well somebody just came in and said is the dog ready and the groomer would have said yes and handed over Teddy," Cameron said. 

The 11-year-old Maltese mix was no where to be found. Cameron and her daughter called police and reported Teddy missing. 

Palm Beach Gardens Police say the uncovered surveillance video of an unknown woman picking up Teddy from the store. 

"It's like seeing your child being taken away," Tara Cameron-Harris said. 

Cameron-Harris has helped take care of Teddy since he was a week old. Teddy previously belonged to Tara's grandmother.

"I think with he passing of my grandmother in January it's just incredibly hard," she said. "It's just another piece of her that's gone."

To make matters worse Teddy is blind and has diabetes. Tara says without his medication he could go into a coma.

"If he doesn't have his insulin he will die," she told WPTV. 

Now they're hoping with the help of social media and the Palm Beach Gardens Police department they will be able to bring their beloved dog home.

"Please bring Teddy back. You're literally destroying a family," Tara said. "My 3-year-old keeps asking where's our dog. Just bring Teddy back, that's all we need." 

WPTV reached out to Petco for comment on this incident and have not heard back.