PRINCETON, Minn. - Two Brittanys that were stolen outside a local coffee shop were found and returned to their owner.
The Mille Lacs County Animal Control Center posted on their Facebook page late Tuesday night that the Princeton Police department found the dogs.
The owner told KARE 11's Lou Raguse the Brittanys were found tied up outside the Coborn's grocery store in Princeton.
Previously, the Mille Lacs County Animal Control Center reported that the two dogs were tied up outside Coffee Corner, off Rum River Drive, when someone took them between noon and 12:20 p.m. on Saturday.
The owner, Marianne Fogel, of Pease, is a regular customer at Coffee Corner and has never had issues with tying her dogs up outside in the past.
She said she was willing to meet the person who took the dogs at any time and promises "no questions asked," if they're brought back safe and sound.
The dogs included a male, named Boo, and a female, named Fern -- one is white and brown and the other is white and red.
Fern has a litter of puppies at home.
"It's kind of like splitting up a family," Fogel said.
Her five pure-bred Brittany pups are 8 weeks old and ready to move into their new homes.
"It's hard to lose a companion. Especially two at once," Fogel said.
Boo and Fern, part of Marianne's family for three years, went with her every day as she got coffee in Princeton.
"I was in panic-mode," Fogel said. "I would like to know what kind of person takes a dog. How desperate do you have to be to do that? I mean you can get a dog nearly anywhere," Fogel said.
Someone apparently had untied each leash and stolen them.
It's a popular and expensive breed. Puppies can sell for $700.
Mille Lacs County Animal Control urges anyone with information to contact Princeton police.