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Woman catches crooks trying to steal dogs

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It was a close call in Clarksville. Police said a woman caught thieves in the act of trying to kidnap her dogs. Now, the owner is reunited with her pets, and police are on the lookout for two hooded crooks.  

"Pets are just like human beings to people who own them and love them," said Lori Kunesh. "It's just like stealing their children. It's just devastating. I was lucky I was at home, but I was also lucky they didn't turn around and have a gun and shoot me."

For Kunesh, there's nothing better than sitting back in an armchair with her Maltese and her Bichon dogs.

"We've had Buddy about 14 years, and we've had Arthur about 12 years," she explained. "Buddy, he is a very good seizure dog. My son has seizures. Buddy can tell when my son's going to have a seizure."

Kunesh said on Thursday morning, she heard Arthur frantically barking in her Autumn Drive backyard.

"I ran to the sliding glass door, and all I seen was two people with hooded sweatshirts on, each had a dog under their arm," Kunesh remembered. "I ran out and said, 'Stop! Stop! I'm calling the police! I'm calling the police!'"

Kunesh said the thieves dropped a grill and wheelbarrow but still had Arthur and Buddy tucked under their arms when they ran through the back gate and into a field behind the house. The dogs somehow escaped.

"Arthur came running around the house up to me," said Kunesh. "He was covered in a hundred or more burrs. It looked like they threw him in the burr patch."

Slipping a leash on Arthur, Kunesh said she let him sniff his way to find Buddy who couldn't get home due to blindness. Arthur finally tracked Buddy down in the bushes of a neighbor's yard, covered in burrs and bloody from an injured tail.

Today, police are still on the lookout for the two individuals who attempted to steal the dogs. Meanwhile, Kunesh said this time spent with her dogs has new meaning after coming so close to losing valuable members of her family.

"You can't put a value on a loved one," she said. "They're part of our life."

As for the thieves in the case, Kunesh said she didn't get a good look at them to even tell their gender. She does, however, believe they were teenagers.

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