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Puppies pilfered in Rancho Cordova home invasion
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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA - Three 9-week-old Yorkshire terrier puppies were stolen by two men in a home invasion robbery Thursday afternoon, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department.

The puppies' 57-year-old owner was also knocked down during the ordeal and suffered scrapes on her face.

"The one guy was mauling my face, he tore my glasses off," said Tamara, who didn't want her last name revealed.

Tamara said she had advertised the puppies for sale on the Internet and about 10 minutes before the attack, she had received a call from a person she thought was a female inquiring about the puppies and her address.

Tamara said two men came to her house in Rancho Cordova, pushed her down in the garage and took the puppies. Police responded at 2:40 p.m. and searched the area for the culprits without success.

"I'm just worried about (the puppies)," said Tamara.  "God only knows what is going to happen to them."

The victim described the robbers as light-complexioned black men, both about 6 feet tall. One wore a gray, hooded sweatshirt and the other wore a white sweatshirt.

"We rarely see, or hear about (these kind of burglaries)," said Rick Johnson, Executive Director of the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  "With so many excess dogs and cats in our community, it's always a surprise to hear about that."

Johnson said the story is a reminder that people who are selling animals, especially online, should do thorough background checks on people with whom they're about to do business.

"Always check references of people calling," he said.  "We recommend micro-chipping pets so there is a definitive way to identify the dogs later on."

Anyone with information about the robbers or puppies was asked to contact the sheriff's department at (916) 874-5115, Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP, or send a tip by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering SACTIP followed by the information. Caller and texters can remain anonymous. A reward of up to $1,000 is possible.

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