Authorities are looking for a girl and a man who may be her father in the theft of a dog from the Pets, Inc. animal adoption center near West Columbia.
The Lexington County Sheriff's Department says about 5 p.m. Wednesday, a girl dressed in what appeared to be a high school Junior ROTC uniform and an adult male were looking at dogs up for adoption.
The girl talked on a cell phone the entire time and did not interact with employees at Pets, Inc., but the man did ask about one of the dogs named Pixie Trixie, a 4-year-old female chihuahua.
Sheriff's Major John Allard says, “The animal adoption center employee told deputies that the man asked to take Pixie Trixie for a short walk on a leash so that he could get to know the dog. The employee told deputies that the man walked the dog outside the building and then drove with the dog and the girl in his motor vehicle.”
Allard says they left in a newer model, black SUV – possibly a Chevy Tahoe or a Jeep.
The man is described as African-American, about 6 feet tall, 250 pounds, an he was wearing a shirt with horizontal stripes, blue jeans and a blue-and-black baseball cap.
Authorities have released a surveillance photo of the girl (pictured).
Several people were arrested in July after puppies were stolen from Pets, Inc., in two other incidents.