Someone stole seven rare Bonsai trees from an Ooltewah veterinary clinic and now the doctor is offering a $2,000 reward to get them back.

Dr. John Mullins said someone stole the trees from the backyard of the Animal Care Center of Ooltewah last Wednesday night.

"Please give them back, they're not worth as much to you as they are to me," Mullins said.

Bonsai trees require great care and attention and can live for hundreds of years. In turn, they can sell for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.

But Mullins has a tough time putting a price on the seven missing Bonsai, one of which was 70 years old. He had owned the trees himself for 10-18 years, grafting and carving them to be unique and sentimental art pieces.

"The biggest thing I'm worried about is they don't know how to take care of it and they'll kill it," he said.

His indoor surveillance cameras didn't capture the crime and now he's also installing outdoor cameras.

Mullins said he's not interested in prosecution and that he just wants them back.

If you have any information on the theft, contact the Animal Care Center of Ooltewah at 423-238-9005 or