Puppies recovered

FIVE puppies allegedly stolen from the Banksia Park Puppies farm, Stradbroke, last week have been found in suburban Melbourne.

Multiple police search warrants were executed in the Wheelers Hill and Croydon areas, where all five puppies were recovered safe and well.

A 45-year-old Wheelers Hill woman and a 48-year-old Croydon woman were arrested, and will be charged via summons in relation to theft.

The puppies have subsequently been checked by a veterinarian, found to happy and healthy, and have been reunited with their grateful owners.

The three King Charles Cavalier and two Ruby Cavoodle puppies, with a combined value of $15,500, were aged under eight weeks old.

One of the puppies was being monitored by a vet for a heart concern.

Banksia Park managing director Matt Hams blamed “extremists” for the alleged theft.

“The actions of these extremists jeopardised the welfare of these young puppies, who were still being weaned,” he said.

“They have also caused serious distress for the puppies’ mothers, Crunchie and Patch, who have had their offspring abruptly taken from them.

“Our business is regulated, open and completely transparent.

“We place the highest priority on the health and welfare of our animals.

“However, you just can’t reason with these extremists who believe they are above the law in pursuing their agenda and think it’s okay to come onto a family property and steal tiny puppies from the safety of our nursery.”

The puppies’ recovery followed a joint investigation involving Wellington Criminal Investigation Unit detectives and Sale police uniformed members.