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Augusta woman searching for missing puppy, fears it was stolen for breeding

By Alexandra Koch, Augusta Chronicle,

2023-09-21

It has been almost two weeks since Hailey Powell saw her 6-month-old puppy, "Stormie," and she fears the merle pit bull-American Bully mix was stolen by a someone looking to make money off of breeding.

"It has been very heart-wrenching. She was just getting to the age where her personality was starting to come out more," Powell said. "I also have a 2-year-old American Bully and they were the best of friends, so every time I let him out the back gate he just sits at the gate and cries."

Stormie was last seen Sept. 8 in Powell's backyard off of Mike Padgett Highway, near That Flippin' Egg in Augusta.

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"It looks as if someone opened my back gate and let both of the dogs out," Powell said. "I don't know whether they took her immediately or if she got out and someone snatched her up once they ran away, but I've had a couple people message me and say that they saw her being walked in the Apple Valley neighborhood."

Powell's friends and family helped her hang flyers and have been driving around neighborhoods to see if they can spot her.

"People are looking to breed dogs like her. She has a really unique coat and the puppies in her litter will be worth a lot of money," she said.

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Even though Stormie is a sought-after merle with blue eyes, Powell said she has hope whoever took her will do the right thing.

"I'm still holding on to hope that she's out there and whoever does have her either has good intentions or is taking care of her," she said.

Anyone with information about Stormie can reach Powell on Facebook @HaileyPowell, or call 706-831-0789.

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