TALLMADGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Ten French bulldogs that had been stolen from Ohio were found in eastern Ottawa County Monday.
Each one is worth up to $6,000.
“What surprised me, frankly, and I’m obviously not a breeder, but the value of those animals to be several thousand dollars a piece,” Capt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
The dogs had been stolen from a dog breeder in Holmes County in Ohio (between Columbus and Cleveland), the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said in a release.
“They were stolen from Ohio sometime between June 12 and June 13, taken from this breeder’s property,” Bennett explained to News 8.
Around 2 p.m. Monday, deputies found the dogs at a house in the 900 block of Leonard Street near 8th Avenue in Tallmadge Township, west of Walker. The dog breeder had seen photos of the dogs — listed for sale — online, which led deputies to that address, authorities say.
Each dog was chipped, the sheriff’s office said, and they were confirmed to be the ones that were stolen.
The dogs were taken to a local Humane Society, where their owner was expected to pick them up.
“It does appear, at least at this point, that those dogs were cared for, so that’s the good news,” Bennett said.
A 41-year-old woman and her daughter, a 17-year-old woman, will likely face charges, the sheriff’s office said. Authorities said at the very least, the mom and daughter could potentially be charged with receiving and concealing stolen property. Officials said more charges would come, especially if investigators find that both women directly stole the animals themselves from Ohio.
The case remains under investigation. Anyone with more information should contact the Silent Observer at 1.877.88.SILENT or mosotips.com.