Is someone stealing pets in Addison County?

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BRANDON, Vt. (WCAX) Melissa Gibbud says her dogs are almost always by her side.

"When you have a pet, they're part of your family," Gibbud said.

But just six days ago, this family had a fourth four-legged member, Sadie.

"She was just a snuggler and my husband's companion," Gibbud said.

Last Friday evening Gibbud said she was in the kitchen when a white van pulled into her driveway.

Reporter Taylor Young: And then you see this van take off...
Melissa Gibbud: And no Sadie.

That was the last time she saw her 5-year-old Shih Tzu.

"There is no closure when something like this happens," Gibbud said.

Brandon Police tell us this is the second incident where a dog has gone missing from a resident's yard. A terrier was taken from Carver Street Monday.

"If a person is looking to do that, purebreds are what's going to be the most money," said Wendy Audet of the Addison County Humane Society.

Audet's advice: keep your dogs in sight at all times.

That's exactly what Brian Gover is doing. He lives less than a half mile from where the terrier disappeared. He's had his corgi, Tyler, for 14 years and says he couldn't imagine losing him.

"It's terrible," Gover said. "It's like losing your best friend."

Gibbud knows that feeling all too well.

"Whoever has her... please," Gibbud implored. "If you don't bring her back... we just want her to be loved because she deserved to be loved and we are heartbroken."

Police did not have a description of who was in the van for us but Gibbud tells us it was a heavyset woman in her 30s, about 5-foot-5-inches tall, with short blonde hair. Anyone with information is asked to call police.