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Boston terrier puppies stolen from cancer patient's home; reward offered

Published: Sat, September 15, 2012 @ 12:26 a.m.

Staff report


Two Boston terrier puppies were stolen Wednesday during a morning home invasion in New Castle.

According to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, 75-year-old homeowner Irene Matas is fearful that the people responsible for the crime may sell the 11-week-old puppies to make quick cash.

“They could have emptied my house out, and I wouldn’t care. But to take those two precious little animals, what goes through people’s minds?” Matas said.

Matas, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, only had the puppies for three weeks. She got them after her dog Patches became ill and had to be put down.

Matas and her brother were at home at the time, asleep in back bedrooms. The invaders entered the home through the back door, not only taking the puppies, but a 42-inch flat screen TV, the victim’s purse and a digital camera, sometime between midnight and 6:30 a.m.

The puppies were stolen from an enclosed playpen in the family room.

“Whoever has them, please, please, please return them to me,” Matas says. “But if you do have them and for some reason you cannot do this, then please take care of them.”

The New Castle woman said the pups respond to the names “Peanuts” and “Sissy.”

Peanuts, a male Boston terrier weighing only about two and a half pounds, has a distinctive black mark on his nose that looks like a tiny dog bone.

Sissy, a female Boston terrier weighing just over four pounds, has a tiny black mark on her forehead, and has four white boots, or four white legs, which is said to be unusual for a Boston terrier whose back legs are normally black.

Matas is offering a reward, no questions asked for the return of the puppies. Call (724) 658-8855 or (724) 714-8084.


1southsidedave(5159 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The lowest form of life on our planet...stealing puppies from a sick woman.

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2taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Since Vindy always seems way behind...this is from WKBN

Puppies stolen from a home in Lawrence County have been returned.

Two Boston terrier puppies were taken from the Mahoning Township home of Irene Matas Wednesday morning. Along with the dogs, the burglars took her T.V. And digital camera.

Matas said she received several tips on the dogs' whereabouts after media coverage of the story. Because of that information, police were able to track the dogs down Friday night to two separate locations near New Castle.

According to Matas, a woman called and told her that someone had tried to sell her a puppy and she thought it might be one of the terriers that was taken. Matas alerted police, which led them to a home south of New Castle. One dog was recovered there, while the other was found at a home in Neshannock Township.

"I'm so thrilled to have them back. They are so happy to be back, and they are just playing with each other and are just so happy," said Matas. "Without the help of the public, these dogs would not be home right now."

No word yet if any arrests have been made in connection to the stolen dogs.

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3Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

"The "invaders" entered the home through the back door....

Invaders? More like the lowest piece of human garbage! Have to steal because there to damn lazy to get off there useless DNA a@#es and actually work for something, instead of taking things that others work hard for. Can't stand these filthy pieces of human filth! Hopefully, KARMA, does work.......

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