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17 pit bulls stolen out of woman's backyard

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According to Wednesday's Daytona Beach News Journal, 17 pit bulls were stolen from the backyard of an Ocala, Fla., area home earlier this week.

On Monday evening, the dogs disappeared from a residence on the 7600 block of Northwest 49th Avenue; of the 17 dogs stolen, 15 were puppies. The homeowner informed the authorities that she had left the house around 8 p.m. on Monday evening and at that time, the dogs were secured in the backyard.

Less than an hour-and-a-half later, the woman's boyfriend informed her that the dogs were gone. The two adult female dogs and the three to four-week-old pups were housed in raised cages in the yard which were secured with a barrel-bolt latch; the yard is surrounded by a privacy fence.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft. Tips can be made to Crime Stoppers or directly to the local sheriff's office.

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