Police investigating theft of puppies and assault of owner

Lethbridge Police are investigating after five puppies were stolen from a westside home and the owner of the dogs was assaulted when she attempted to retrieve them.

On April 2, 2017 just before 1:30 p.m. police responded to a report that an unknown male and female had stolen five French Bulldog puppies from a home along Trent Road. Investigation determined the couple attended the home after seeing an advertisement on Kijiji. The owner left the room for a short period of time and when she returned the couple and the puppies were gone. She observed the pair leave in a vehicle, and proceeded to follow them in her own vehicle. At the intersection of McMaster Boulevard and Whoop-Up Drive the owner exited her vehicle and attempted to open the door of the subject vehicle. She was subsequently dragged about 30 feet and struck by the vehicle. The vehicle was last seen eastbound on Whoop Up Drive. The victim was transported to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

The puppies are described as three-week old French Bulldogs – two blue mantle, one blue pied, one blue brindle and one blue fawn.

The male and female suspects are described as:
Suspect 1: Arab male, mid 20s, approximately 5’7”, with a thin build, short/brush cut hair, wearing glasses, a blazer with white writing, a white t-shirt and baseball hat. He spoke with an accent.
Suspect 2: Caucasian female, mid 20s, approximately 5’4”, 200 lbs., with blonde hair, wearing a lot of make-up, spandex pants, a tank top, green jacket and a baseball hat.

The vehicle is described as a newer model silver Jeep, possibly a 2015 or 2016 model with a broken driver’s side mirror.

Police have interviewed several witnesses to the altercation in the intersection and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 403-328-4444 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.