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Stolen or missing pit bulls on the rise in Florence County

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Family pets are vanishing from their yards and the one breed being targeted is pit bulls.

“I let my dog out to go to the bathroom, when I leave to go to work, my wife goes out probably 10 to 15 minutes after I leave, the dog was gone,” David Schuler said.

That story told is just one of several the Florence County Sheriff’s Office is now investigating.

“We have taken a report on each and every single one of them. It does appear that there have been seven incidents of pit bulls being missing or stolen in Florence County,” Major Michael Nunn FCSO said.

“I approached my neighbor and he said he saw it all happen,” Schuler said.

Schuler’s report is the only one that said suspects were seen taking his dog.

“He said an older white couple in a silver four door truck stopped, read her name tags and scooped her up and said 'well I guess they don’t want her' and took her as theirs,” Schuler said.

“Dogs go wandering and missing all the time. We can’t be tracking them all down. If there is some specific information about an individual or someone they notice…get a tag number and description so that we can follow up,” Nunn said.

According to reports, all sizes and ages of Pit bulls are missing.

“It’s not our only fear that someone is fighting them. You know, or breeding her like an old puppy farms that you have heard of…just breeding her to make money," Schuler said.

“Like my wife describes it, the people that just drove up…they’re nothing but monsters,” Schuler said.

Investigators said it is strange that so many pit bulls are missing, but there is no evidence to support that there is a dog fighting ring fueling the crimes.

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