STRATTON, Vt. (AP) - A Vermont man says the GPS tracking devices on his three bear hounds stopped in the middle of a back road in the Green Mountain National Forest in Stratton and he believes someone shut them off and stole his dogs.
Russell Smith of Jamaica said his three Plott hounds named Jack, Clyde and Rock weren't out of his sight for more than five minutes when they disappeared Wednesday.
Smith says he had let his dogs out to track and that after about 10 minutes he detected interference on the GPS unit that was tracking the dogs and the unit then stopped working.
Smith told police that he saw an older light green or blue Ford truck in the area with a dog cage in the back.
One dog is described as brindle with a white spot on the ear and chest, another is brown and white with brindle while the third is brown with tan around the mouth and on the chest.
Anyone with information is asked to call Vermont State Police in Brattleboro at 802-254-2382.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.