A BREAK-IN at Fluff and Stuff pet shop in Haigh Avenue in Nowra has resulted in the theft of almost $10,000 worth of dogs and birds.
Thieves removed steel security mesh before smashing their way through a skylight in the early hours of Sunday.
They stole seven exotic birds and seven puppies.
On Monday night police located four of the dogs and two parrots as well as stock that had been stolen from the shop at a house in East Nowra.
Owner Kim Lumsden said she was sickened by the theft.
“This is the third time this has happened,” she said.
“We work hard seven days a week and we leave it secure when we’re finished for the day.
“To have someone break in and help themselves to some animals so they can buy some packs of cigarettes makes me angry.
“If they steal stock that’s one thing but with animals you’re on a time limit because after a number of hours they’re going need help. Those birds were on hand-rearing formula,” she said.
One black labradoodle and a tan and white Tenterfield terrier are still missing along with a yellow alexandrine parrot, worth about $3500, two green alexandrines and two pineapple conya parrots.
“We are now looking into CCTV cameras, another alarm and other security measures,” Ms Lumsden said.
Nowra police executed a search warrant at 7.20pm Monday at a house in Numbaa Way, East Nowra and located some of the animals and a large amount of pet accessories from the store.
Police also found power tools and a child’s quad bike suspected of being stolen as well as a small quantity of prohibited drugs.