Woman charged for stealing dog from pet store

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Shelly Rene Hess, 50

CHESTERFIELD, MO (KTVI)–A Chesterfield woman is charged with stealing a pure bred Maltese puppy from a Lake St. Louis pet store in November.

Prosecutors say Shelly Hess took the dog from a Petland store worth $1,700.

They say she then drove to the Chicago suburbs of Naperville and Bollingbrook and took a dog from each of those stores.

All three dogs were dropped off at the Lake St. Louis Petland store by unknown man on November 10th.

Police say on November 22nd Hess bought two dogs from the Naperville, Illinois Petland and called several times confessing to the crime saying that buying the two dogs would make it right.

Police say Hess made the calls from her cell phone.

Woman returns puppies she stole from store


  • Jenni Lovsey

    Hey DA dumbass, that dog is NOT worth the amount that you claimed. Petland purchases these dogs from puppy mills. Just another ambulance chasing bottom feeder that makes its living off of the taxpayer trying to make a name for itself.

  • Mandi

    Too bad she confessed. Petland needs to be shut down. They sell puppy mill dogs. That dog is going to cost someone way more at the vets with its ill health and genetic disorders. STOP buying dogs!

  • Bill

    Petland is awesome they have so many exotic animals. The puppies are so cute I wish I could just hug them all. I know I can’t but I want too so bad. Long live Petland!!!

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