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Puppy stolen along with car in St. Paul

Jan 19, 2022 07:48AM ● By Editor

A picture of Kua, the puppy stolen in an Audi A6 in St. Paul Monday morning.  Photo credit: Matt Thoreen

By Dana Thiede of KARE 11 News - January 18, 2022

A St. Paul man is without wheels after someone stole his car Monday, but he is much more concerned about some precious cargo that was inside. 

Matt Thoreen tells KARE 11 he started his car around 6 a.m. and went back into his home on the 1700 block of James Avenue. When he came back out the Audi A6 was gone, along with his 4 1/2-month-old female Bull Mastiff puppy named Kua, who was inside a kennel in the back of the vehicle. 

The pup is tan colored, and was wearing a red collar.

Thoreen is offering a $5,000 reward for the safe return of the puppy, no questions asked. 

"I am worried that someone was targeting the puppy," Thoreen wrote in a GoFundMe post designed to generate money for the reward. "As I was loading her into the kennel in the back of the car she became excited and started wagging her tail like she saw someone behind us, she gets excited and wants to greet anyone she sees. I turned and looked but saw no one. I think the thief was hiding somewhere nearby."

"I don't care about the car, but I need to get my dog back," he added, explaining that he has recently paid off some large vet bills that mounted before the death of his previous dog five months ago. 

At this point police confirm the incident, but say they have no suspects. Anyone with information about Kua's whereabouts or the theft of Thoreen's vehicle is asked to call St. Paul police. 

There have been similar incidents occurring across the Twin Cities metro in recent months, with dogs disappearing along with stolen cars. Police in a number of communities have reminded residents it is not a good idea to leave a vehicle running unattended, no matter the circumstances. 

To see the original report and read related stories, follow this link to the KARE 11 News website.

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