The victim of last week’s puppy theft has heard from someone claiming to have the dogs, turning what seemed like a robbery into a possible dog-napping.

As previously reported, four black-and-tan mixed-breed Doberman Pinscher and Beagle puppies were stolen from a Bayview District home in the 100 block of Cameron Way Tuesday, February 7, police said.

During the burglary, which occurred between 9 a.m. and noon, the suspects appeared to have hit the two adult parent dogs with a blunt object, police said.

According to the Ex, on Wednesday the 8th, “someone contacted the dogs’ owner, offering to sell the puppies back to her for $200.” The dogs owner, however, did not have the ransom money and had to turn the caller down.

The puppies are three-to-four weeks old and are still nursing, police told the Ex.

Anyone with information about the puppy burglary is asked to call San Francisco police Sgt. Neil Cunningham at the Bayview Police Station at (415) 671-2300 or the Bayview Police Station anonymous tip line at (415) 822-8147.

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