2 Dogs Missing Following Break-in at San Bernardino Animal Shelter

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The robbers were believed to have taken the red and white pit bull mix seen in this image provided by the San Bernardino animal shelter.

The robbers were believed to have taken the red and white pit bull mix seen in this image provided by the San Bernardino animal shelter.

An investigation was underway into a break-in at the San Bernardino animal shelter, where two dogs were missing Wednesday.

The break-in occurred Tuesday night at the shelter located at 333 Chandler Place, said San Bernardino Police Department Lt. Rich Lawhead.

Surveillance video showed an older-model white sedan pull up to the shelter at about 7 p.m.

Investigators say a man, who may have had a child or juvenile with him, cut a large hole in a chain link fence and entered the facility.

A missing mastiff mix is seen in a photo provided by the San Bernardino animal shelter.

A missing mastiff mix is seen in a photo provided by the San Bernardino animal shelter.

Video showed the locks on seven separate kennels had been cut, allowing the animals inside to get loose.

Two of dogs were still missing Wednesday, including a red-and-white pit bull mix investigators believe the robbers drove off with.

The intent of someone who would come to an animal shelter to take dogs was not clear, Lawhead said.

"Are they taking it because they want their animal back? Or do they have more malicious intent?" Lawhead said.

 

The second dog, described as a red mastiff mix, was seen outside the facility after the break in, but officials were unable to catch him.

None of the other animals let loose in the shelter were injured.

A hole was cut into a fence at the San Bernardino animal shelter. (Credit: KTLA)

A hole was cut into a fence at the San Bernardino animal shelter. (Credit: KTLA)

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