Residents along a rural highway in central Missouri are expressing alarm over the disappearances of purebred dogs.
KRCG-TV reports nine dogs have disappeared since early September from their homes along a short stretch of Highway AA near Clarksburg, in Cooper County.
Among the missing purebreds are two English bulldogs, two border collies, a German shepherd and a Great Pyrenees.
The residents say the number and proximity of the disappearances, plus the quality of the dogs, make them suspect someone is stealing the canines to resell them for a profit. One victim, Kasie Giannone, points out that her English bulldog is missing while her three mutts are still safely at home.
Clarksburg is about 35 miles east of Sedalia.
The Associated Press