3 French bulldogs stolen from van in Kirkland returned to owners nearly a week later

It’s been an emotional two days for dog breeders at Skymeadow Farm. On Friday, April 5, someone stole their cargo van with three French Bulldogs still inside.

The vehicle theft happened in Kirkland at the ARCO gas station on 124th Avenue NE.

"My husband pulled over for a coke, and within a matter of seconds the vehicle was gone," said Else Whitney of Skymeadow Farm.

Surveillance video from the gas station shows a man casing the cargo van before getting inside and driving off.

"I don’t think they knew what they were stealing from us," said Whitney. "I don’t think he knew the dogs were in there."

Additionally, 17 40-pound bags of dog food were in the back of the cargo van when it was stolen.

"That also set us back," Whitney said.

Whitney told FOX 13 that two of the dogs underwent major surgery, leaving them with large incisions on their stomachs with staples still in them.

"I hope they have a conscience," she said. "We take care of them; we know what they need. Please bring them home."

The van was found a few days after it was reported missing. 

The dogs were found safe in White Center on April 11. 

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