Two border collie puppies stolen from goatherd in East Bay park

Somebody stole two adorable border collie puppies from an East Bay goatherd, and police are asking for the public’s help in finding them.

East Bay Regional Park District police said that the black-and-white herding puppies, about 6 or 7 weeks old, were taken from outside a goatherd’s trailer near the Dotson Family Marsh in Point Pinole Regional Park.

The theft occurred sometime in the morning of July 8 while the owner was away tending his herd of goats. The pups, which Park District Detective Anthony Dutra said were valued at about $950, were to be trained to become working herd dogs, which the herder relies on for his livelihood.

The trailer was not broken into, Dutra said.

Could the puppies have just wandered off?

“That is certainly a possibility. But we think they were stolen because other property was taken from the scene,” Dutra said. He declined to say what those items were.

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Dutra said all grazing in the park is contracted with the herders. He said he believes the victim was under contract.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact the East Bay Regional Park District Police Department.

“The most important thing is making sure these puppies are returned to their owner,” Dutra said.

Mike Moffitt is an SFGATE Digital Reporter. Email: moffitt@sfgate.com. Twitter: @Mike_at_SFGate.

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