Laredo police are still trying to locate the remaining missing animals stolen from a local pet store, in the Petland theft case that many by now are aware of.
The story appears to have stirred a local movement uniting animal rights activists tonight, including City officials in a candle light vigil.
About 100 people showed up for the vigil at Petland, the same location where Max “The Dancing Bird,” and three puppies were stolen earlier this week.
With the help of law enforcement, the Internet and members of the media, Max was found in Roma, Texas and also a puppy was returned after it was sold to a local family.
Animal rights activists say they’re fed up by crimes against animals and held this vigil as a result.
Joe Carvalho, of Petland, says, “We’re here to take a stand against crime and against anyone stealing pets. We need to make sure all the bad people know that Laredo doesn’t tolerate this. We love our pets, and it’s a violation.”
“Our purpose is to bring awareness to the community of the number of stolen pets and animals and the ability to engage law enforcement to get our stolen animals,” says Laura Hatton.
Police, deputies, Mayor Raul Salinas and Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar also showed up to the vigil to show their support.