Suspect surrenders to police in stolen puppies case

Otis Witchet, 38, turned himself in to authorities in the case of puppies stolen from pet store in north Harris County.

August 6, 2010 4:19:41 PM PDT
We have an update on three English bulldogs stolen from a local pet store. The suspect whom investigators identified in the case has turned himself in to authorities. The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office says Otis Witchet, 38, is the man caught on surveillance video stealing the puppies. They say Witchet turned himself in at the station late Friday afternoon and is in custody.

Both the constable's office and the owners of Pet City Houston were flooded by calls from pet lovers who were angry to see the puppies tossed outside through a gap in the store's burglar bars. The dogs are sold for $2,500 or more.

"The pain that they could have been in and just to see the abuse that he did. And there's no telling what he's going to do with these dogs or has done to these dogs," said Sheri Stack of Pet City Houston.

Investigators say Witchet has a lengthy criminal history.

The constable's office says they are still working on getting the dogs back.