Dognappers were caught on video grabbing six puppies out of the back seat of a woman's car last week while she paid a bill at a Southern California animal hospital.
The 6-week-old American bulldog puppies were bred to be service dogs for the disabled. The owner is a hearing-impaired woman.
The theft also puts the dogs' health at risk - the puppies were still too young to be separated from their mother, whose milk they need for nourishment and immunity.
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The owner, Ryan Fingerle, said the puppies' mother has been visibly upset.
"She mopes around the house ... looking for puppies," she said.
The video shows a man walking through a parking lot in Highland Park and stopping suddenly as he peers into the car window. He looks around, walks off and returns with a friend.
The man opens the car's unlocked rear door and they ran off with a dog bed and all of the pups on it.
A witness reported seeing the men throw some of the puppies over a fence. That led to the recovery of three of the puppies.
The puppies were worth an estimated $1,000 each.
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