An anonymous donor on Saturday increased the reward offered for three Yorkshire terrier puppies stolen from their Buena Park home.
The donor is offering $7,500 for information leading to the return of the pups, who were torn from thier nursing mother during a burglary on Friday.
Thieves smashed the living room window of the home, taking the dogs along with television sets, jewelry, cameras and other valuables, according to homeowner Linda Bush.
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They also made off with an eight-year-old dog named Stacy, who is ill and may not survive without the right care and medication, Bush said.
She speculated that the thieves might have nabbed Stacy because she had lost so much weight from being sick that she looked like a puppy herself.
"If she's not taken care of properly, I don't think she'll live more than two or three days," according to Bush.
Bush hopes the thieves will at least drop off Stacy in a safe location, and she's pleading with people not to buy any puppies without official paperwork from a breeder.
The purebred puppies are worth up to $2,500 apiece. People with information about the burglary are asked to call the Buena Park Police Department at 714-562-3901.