The SPCA is warning pet owners across South Jersey to keep a watchful eye after a number of owners have reported their dogs stolen.
"Its been really hard cause I don't have any kids. Ginger is like my daughter. She's like a family member to me,"Sylkia Flores said.
Flores is talking about her dog that was stolen just feet from where she was cleaning out her car in her Bridgeton driveway.
"My dog is friendly. She runs up to everyone and I was in the car and I seen her playing with the kids and the next thing you know I looked around and she was gone," Flores explained.
That was about two weeks ago, and since then her lost dog posters have been torn down around the neighborhood.
Sylkia is not the only one, there is been a number of stolen dog cases in Galloway, Absecon and at least 43 reported missing cases in Cumberland County since January.
"They use these dogs for bait. They hang them and they use them for bait," Nancy Beall with the Atlantic County SPCA said.
"When someone steals your money or property you can replace it. But with a dog you can buy another dog, but it won't be the same," another dog Owner said.
SPCA officials say most of the stolen dogs tend to be smaller dogs like yorkies, Chihuahua, and poodles.
"They are luring the dog out; absolutely, the dog hears something and comes running out, they reach over and scoop it out and off they go," Beall added.
As for Topanga, who had her dog stolen while here on vacation, she says she's not leaving until Her dog is found.
"I'm not going back to Miami without my dog. My dog likes Miami. She likes the sun, she likes the beach, she likes the hot girls and that's where she's gonna be at.
If you have any information regarding these crimes you are asked to call your local SPCA.
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