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Four puppies taken from Pinckney woman's front yard returned

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Posted at 7:07 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 22:53:57-04

Four bulldog puppies that were stolen right out of a Livingston County woman's front yard on Wednesday have been returned.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office took a report about the theft and is investigating the incident. They’re hopeful some tips might come in from the public.

It happened at Tabitha Stone’s Pinckney home around 10 a.m. on Wednesday when she was mowing her lawn.  

"It's a shame you can be right in your front yard and kids running around everywhere and bam, gone,” said Stone.

Stone said the puppies are her pride and joy. This is the fourth litter from her dog, Zoey. She said raising the litter is a family affair.

"Absolute learning experience for the kids and for myself,” said Stone. "The kids clean the pens, take them out, we feed them three times a day on a schedule."

The family is ultimately raising the dogs to sell, but they do get very attached and they usually keep in contact with the dog’s new families.

She said the puppies may have been taken for their value, since each one can sell for up to $2,000 or more.

When we spoke with her Wednesday, Stone was hopeful the puppies were still in the area and that someone might do the right thing, and bring them back. Her hopes were answered Thursday.

Stone told us that said she wouldn't ask questions, she just wanted the dogs and that their empty pen was sitting at the end of the driveway.

"Bring them home, I won't question it, just bring them home. I put a pen down there and I just want them home,” said Stone.

If you have information you can call the Livingston County Sheriff at (517) 546-2440.