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Therapy puppy stolen from three autistic brothers

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- When Jennifer Arendt arrived home from work yesterday, she learned her sons' therapy puppy was stolen from their front yard.

Friday Evening, Arendt's 14-year-old son was playing outside with his dog, something he did often. Arendt tells us a vehicle pulled up and a woman got out and asked if she could pet the puppy. The unknown woman then took the puppy out of the 14-year-old's hands and put it into the vehicle with the driver. She then took off on foot.  

Jennifer says her children do not exactly understand what happened to their pet, but they are terrified to be home alone or even go outside. 

“It's absolutely devastating I mean I thought I could leave them home alone, you know, this was the second year of them being supposed to be home alone. You know summer is supposed to be happening now and I can’t... I can’t leave them home alone, I can’t leave valuables in my yard, you know bicycles, pets, anything. It’s not the same Rochester I grew up in,” stated Arendt.

As much as she longs for the return of her puppy, this incident has instilled a large amount of doubt into Jennifer.  She fears her children may never be able to live on their own one day, a daunting thought for a parent. 

Arendt adds that it's important to understand that this is not just about a dog that was stolen from a family, but also about a boy with autism who was blatantly taken advantage of.  

If you have any information about this situation, please contact Rochester Police Department.  

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