Puppy with life-threatening virus stolen from Virginia Beach rescue facility

Virginia Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Staff members at one Virginia Beach rescue center are asking the public’s help after they say someone broke into their facility Friday evening and stole a puppy.

The pictures on the wall at Hope for life rescue in Virginia Beach show 5 puppies on their way back to health
But inside there are only 4.

“We came in this morning and the first thing we do is feed all the animals get everything ready. My coworker, she ended up going in the room to clean up the room for the puppies and we noticed Bam Bam was gone,” said Martha Wilkins.

Hope For Life Rescue Inc. in Virginia Beach is reaching out to the community after its facility was broken into around 11:15 Friday evening.

The still-unidentified suspect reportedly stole a puppy named Bam Bam who was diagnosed with Parvo, a highly contagious virus mainly affecting dogs which could be potentially deadly without proper treatment.

“He was incredibly lethargic, very dehydrated. we have managed Parvo in the past and all of those symptoms without treatment he will die,” she said.

In a Facebook message posted around 10 a.m. Saturday, Hope for Life Rescue staff say Bam Bam needs “Immediate medical attention in order to survive, as he was doing very poorly yesterday.”

Staff members say they are distraught over the incident and hope for Bam Bam’s quick return.

“We’re just really hoping that the person that has him realizes that he is sick and that he needs medical attention. We honestly don’t care, no questions asked. You can message us and say I found a puppy we will take him back, we just want the puppy back,” said Wilkins

“He is just an innocent puppy and without treatment, he will most likely die,” they said in a Facebook post.

The rescue shelter is offering a $750 reward. If you know anything you can contact hope for life rescue on Facebook or via phone at 757-491-4609.

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