Pro 8 News viewers help reunite stolen bird with owners, possible arrest soon
Sep 15, 2009
Sep 16, 2009
We are happy to report that the stolen rare bird from Petland has been safely returned to its owners, thanks to our viewers at home.
The scare of losing their bird forever has the owners set on starting a pet theft prevention program in Laredo.
The program would educate pet owners on how to keep their pets safe and the steps to take to get their pet back if it were ever stolen.
It was an emotional reunion for the Petland owners around noon today as they were reunited with their sun conure, which had been missing since Thursday; right by her cage, a big “Thank You” sign to our viewers, Crimestoppers, and the Laredo Police Department for bringing her home so soon.
"We were quite ecstatic that e came back and was all in one piece and happy. We actually took him to the vet to get him checked out and weighed and he's in good shape and we all got a little teary eyed with emotion and he seems to be as happy to be home as we are to have him."
"Police believe in this particular case the bird was returned quickly and safely to its owner because Crimestoppers guarantees all tips will remain anonymous and the monetary reward."
Crimes such as pet theft and cruelty to animals have gone up.
"At the beginning of the year we were dealing with 5 cases a month, now we're dealing with about 15-20 cases a month."
"It’s quite appalling to see the numbers of people that relay to us that their pets had been taken from their homes," and his store wants to initiate the Petland Laredo Safe Pet Program, to help prevent pet theft.
In addition to offering an inexpensive micro-chipping clinic to help pet owners locate a lost pet.
"This chip gets implanted by using a large boar needle, and its goes right under the skin, it just takes a matter of seconds."
The chip can then be scanned to reunite the lost pet with its owner, but in the case of the sun conure, his unique ankle bracelet identified him and they warn those who think they can steal from their store again.
"Beware, we take it seriously. Our animals come first and its something we're aggressive about getting them back."
No arrests have been made in this stolen bird case. However, police do expect to make an arrest by the end of the week.