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Business Owners look for help recovering stolen puppy

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CORALVILLE (KWWL) -

Laura Taylor is still trying to make sense of how her three-month old puppy Monty disappeared.

"I have four kids at home.  It's difficult to explain to them how somebody could do something like this," said Taylor, the owner of Woofables Dog Bakery in Coralville

Taylor and her husband own a dog treat store where they commonly bring their pets to work.

There was nothing routine about what happened Saturday.

"Now as time has gone by and nobody has turned him in, and just the odd way he disappeared, you just can't help but suspect something went wrong," Taylor said.

Taylor says one customer was paying excessive attention to Monty, while the man she was with made a purchase.

Minutes later, the Taylor's loveable Pug-Chihuahua-Beagle mix was gone.

"I can't help but to relive that moment and wish I paid attention more closely," Taylor said.

Police are now investigating, suspecting a young couple of the theft. 

The owners are turning to the surrounding community for help, ramping up the effort to get the word out.

Through fliers at dog parks, social media sites, and media outlets, thousands have seen pictures of Monty and are ready to help.

"I was reading the signs, it's kind of shocking that someone would just take a puppy out of a store," said Victor Hall, who saw a flyer Thursday at an Iowa City dog park.

Taylor says it's the community's support that gives them reason to believe they may be reunited with Monty.

"Everybody's just plugging away every day doing a little bit each day to try to get him back, and that's all we can do," Taylor said.

The Taylor's are offering a reward for Monty's safe return.

Anybody with any information is asked to call Woofables Dog Bakery or Coralville Police.  

Click here for a link to Monty's description:  http://www.coralville.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=536

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