Johnson County authorities continued searching Monday for burglars who broke into a home near Burleson over the weekend and took three English bulldog puppies valued at $10,000 each.
Two of the puppies, 10-month-old siblings Mac and Sky, were to compete at a show this week in Denver. The third puppy is 9-month-old Cowboy.
“It would have been their first show, but we thought they were ready,” said Lucky Watson, who along with his wife, Donna, owns the puppies. They have raised English bulldogs for 35 years as DoWats Bulldog. “We’ve never had any problems with burglars until now.”
Deputies responded to the burglary call Saturday morning in the 3700 block of Trails End Road near Burleson.
The Watsons had been out of town and left their 22-year-old grandson to care for the puppies, deputies said. The grandson fed the puppies Friday evening, went out for a while and returned to sleep. When he got up Saturday morning, the puppies were gone.
Deputies said the puppies are valued at $10,000 each.
They said the burglars stole a 42-inch Vizio television from the Watsons’ bedroom and a laptop computer from another room.
“For 20 years, we never missed anything,” Lucky Watson said Monday in a telephone interview. “No one had bothered our puppies or equipment.”
Watson said the couple were in California to sell other puppies, and it was not unusual to leave their grandson in charge of the dogs.
“He had done it many times before with no problems,” said Watson, president of the Bulldog Club of America Division 4, which includes Texas.
Watson said there had to be more than one burglar.
“I don’t believe one person could have pulled this off,” he said.
The burglars did not steal the puppies’ pedigree paperwork.
Anyone with information should call the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department at 817-556-6060.