Family pleads for help after puppy is stolen from parked car

Published: Aug. 19, 2018 at 6:34 AM CDT
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Take one look at the puppy's precious face and it’s easy to see why Brette Hermann and her family instantly fell in love with their brand-new dog, Goldy.

“He’s just a little bundle of joy, he’s the smartest little puppy ever,” Hermann said. “He’s 10 and 1/2 weeks and he will sit and he will fetch and he will shake.”

But less than a month after Goldie found his new home, the only sign of the puppy is his favorite ball left outside after the 11-pound dog was stolen in broad daylight.

Around 3:50 p.m. Friday, Hermann’s daughter and a friend quickly ran inside the Goodwill Wholesale store in Chaska, about 27 miles southwest of Minneapolis, leaving the dog in the car with a cracked window.

Minutes later, they realized the puppy was gone.

Surveillance cameras outside the store captured the suspect.

Chaska Police believe a woman, seen wearing a baseball cap and black pants, took the dog from the car and drove away with it in a black Volkswagen.

They are asking for anyone with information to come forward. A post about the puppy on the police department's Facebook page has been shared more than 1,000 times.

Hermann doesn’t know if the woman took Goldy and thought she was rescuing him in some way.

“She may have felt like she was doing the right thing because he was in the car and I don’t want to fault her for that, but we just want him back,” Hermann said. “He’s our family.”

She hopes this story also serves as a reminder for people to be mindful when it comes to their pets.

“I never would have imagined that someone would have just gone and taken him out of a car,” said Hermann.