Puppies missing from Montello home found, family says

Five puppies that went missing from a Montello family home Saturday were home Tuesday, the family said.

Jodi Deford told News 3 Tuesday morning that the 7-week-old golden retriever puppies — four males and one female — were found in a lot next to the home, and they are all safe.

Deford said Tuesday that the mother dog was let out to go to the bathroom and started barking. Deford went outside to find two of the puppies sitting by the mother dog. After putting the two puppies in the house, she came back outside to find the other three puppies.

On Saturday, Deford had said the family searched the area for the missing pets.

“Seven people have searched for 4 1/2 hours within a 3 mile radius,” she said. “There’s no way these dogs, never going more than 25-30 feet away from my garage, in the back of my house, would have taken off.”

Deford said the apparent theft occurred around 7:15 a.m. Saturday. Her house is a mile north of John Muir Park.

The puppies have some distinguishing features, including white feet – a trait not many retrievers have. Deford and her family had called humane societies withing 50 miles, along with local veterinarians. She had also asked folks to keep an eye out on Craigslist or other websites where the puppies might pop up for sale.