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Teens arrested in Texarkana animal shelter burglary


Several animals have been snatched from the Texarkana, Arkansas animal shelter, along with dog food and vaccination drugs, and police say at least 2 teens are responsible.

The break-in at the shelter on Monday was caught on surveillance video, which shows the alleged thieves disarming a security camera and heading to the back, where one of them can be seen grabbing a "catch pole" used to wrangle stray dogs.

Shelter director Connie Slater says at least two thieves spent at least an hour inside the facility before getting away with 6 pit bulls, a load of vaccination drugs and more than 1,000 pounds of dog food.

Police say 2 local teens have since turned themselves in, but more arrests are possible.

When the co-owners of a local security company heard about the break-in, they offered to donate and install a new security system for the shelter. Vital Security co-owner Shane Sabo says they'll even cover the monthly fees, "Because we are animal lovers, Jason and I both. He has a rescue greyhound. I just rescued a cat before Thanksgiving. So we want to do what we can to help out the community."

Police say a large portion of the stolen food and vaccine have been recovered, but the animals that were taken are still missing.

Anyone with information on where those animals may be are asked to contact the Texarkana, AR Police Department at 903-798-3154 or Texarkana area CrimeStoppers at 903-793-STOP.

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