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Bunny-napping has pet store owner desperate to find thief

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By: Chelsea Priest, cpriest@abc6.com

"Where animals come first" is the motto at Mellisa's Pet Depot in Dartmouth. When you buy any animal at the store, employees make sure you are completely ready to take home your new pet. That is why Mellisa Raposo, owner of the store for over five years, is so upset about a bunny being stolen, with all of it caught on a surveillance video. "She kind of tucked it into her arms and bolted out the door, it was that quick."

The employee working had gone to the back room to fill up the rabbits food dishes for just a few minutes, Raposo goes on, "Taking a bunny out into the cold like that happened, isn't a good thing. Bunnies are susceptible to drafts, they can get sick very easily, they can go through stresses and they can actually die from that."

The bunny stolen was a six-week old, mini-lop, who was all tan. Bunnies at Mellisa's store are about $35.00 and with all the accessories for first time owner, you can expect to pay another $75.

"If you have to steal a bunny, then you obviously can't afford everything that goes along with is, so it concerns us that this bunny won't get the proper care."

The surveillance video has been posted to the shops facebook page and a police report has been filed. The show is offering a reward that is over triple to cost of the rabbit at $100, for any information on the thieves.

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