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Freezer holding pet dogs' remains stolen from Florida vet

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Posted at 12:21 PM, Dec 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-11 12:21:39-05

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say the remains of two dogs awaiting cremation were stolen along with a freezer from a veterinarian's office in Manatee County.

According to a Bradenton Herald report, video surveillance showed a man driving away from the Bradenton Veterinary Hospital last week with its outdoor freezer in the back of his pickup truck.

Office manager Kathy Richardson said she hoped the remains of two dogs awaiting cremation in that freezer would be returned. Staff searched garbage cans and dumpsters in the area, but they did not find the carcasses.

Richardson said the dogs' owners were distraught to learn that the remains of their pets had been stolen.

Police are investigating the theft.

Richardson said the office had kept the freezer outside for the last three years.