WAYNE COUNTY, Ohio - At least one person has been arrested and two puppies found months after a Christmas home invasion in Doylestown.
Nick Petit and his girlfriend were awoken early in the morning that day by three armed intruders who ransacked the home, struck his girlfriend and pistol whipped him: breaking his jaw, eye socket, nose and two teeth.
He says the painful physical wounds were nothing compared to the agony they felt when the attackers stole their 4 Cane Corso puppies from their nursing mother 2-year-old Lexis.
“It’s pretty much ruined my life,” said Nick,”They were like our little kids, they were like our whole life.”
But May 15 there was a major break in the case when Akron police served a search warrant on a suspected drug dealer.
Inside the property on Harpster Ave., Lt. Rick Edwards says investigators recovered “crack, marijuana, heroin, weapons and one of the stolen puppies.”
A 26-year-old man was arrested on multiple drug charges and the puppy was turned over to the Wayne County Sheriff’s department investigators who are handling the home invasion case.
Nick says, by the time he was called two weeks ago, investigators told him that two of the puppies had been recovered, but they were still searching for the other two.
The rescued pups were taken and are being held at the Wayne County Human Society Kennel where Nick says DNA tests confirmed they are his dogs.
He thought he’d be able to bring, the now 8 month old puppies home right away to get them medical care, socialization training and finally place them in loving families.
However he says investigators told him, “That I couldn’t get the dogs back until the case was over which could take 6 months to a year.”
Fox 8 reached out to the Wayne County Sheriff’s department, but as of Wednesday night they had not yet responded.
Nick hopes something can be done quickly.
He says, the thought of his puppies being held in a cage for months is overwhelming after already living through a traumatizing attack; which forced him to move to another state over safety concerns.
The two missing Cane Corso puppies are considered stolen property.
Anyone with information on the still missing pups should call the Wayne County Sheriff’s department.