Six Dalmatian puppies vanish from a Cape Coral home

Reporter: Gail Levy Writer: Matthew Seaver
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(Credit: Mercedes Fernandez)

A mother has been separated from her six puppies. The five-week-old Dalmatians were snatched from their owner’s home in the middle of the night Wednesday in Cape Coral.

On Wednesday all was well. Then on Thursday morning, all six puppies gone without a trace.

The owner of the puppies said she has no idea who could have taken them.

There are no broken windows or any sign of forced entry. Just puppies that seem to have vanished into thin air.

It’s like 101 Dalmatians came true. The puppies’ mom Pepper can’t stop looking for her six missing babies. Their owner, Mercedes Fernandez can’t figure out how they vanished. “All of the sudden it’s like they’re there and one moment they’re gone. Like disappeared and there’s no trace of them or anything.”

She’s doing anything and everything to retrace her steps. “I looked under the couch, I looked in my daughter’s room, I looked everywhere.”

Now it’s despair you feel everywhere. As soon you walk into Fernandez’s house you can see it in Pepper’s eyes. “Sad, distraught, like I said not really being herself as much because she’s missing them you know,” said Fernandez.

The babies are only five-weeks-old, far too young to leave the nest. Fernandez said, “the minimum is eight weeks, that’s when they’re able to get all their shots, health certificates and go home.”

Her home right now isn’t the same with them gone. “I haven’t really been like thinking straight, I just keep thinking like I’m trying to get these puppies back home safe to mom until they should be able to go home.”

Now Fernandez only hopes for one thing, “I just want them home safely and please just do the right thing, do the right thing.”

Cape police are investigating this case.

In a report, they say Fernandez’s dogs were posted for sale on Facebook for $1,500 a puppy.

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