Sunday, February 27, 2011

Dog stolen from Humane Society in Port Angeles

By Rob Ollikainen, Peninsula Daily News

A pit bull was taken from the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society on Thursday night or Friday morning.

Humane Society board President Marsha Robin confirmed that the theft occurred.

Staff at the Port Angeles facility declined to comment.

Clallam County Undersheriff Ron Peregrin said the dog was a white pit bull with missing toes.

Sheriff Bill Benedict said the Humane Society called sheriff's deputies to report a fence had been cut and a pit bull had been taken from the premises. A report was filed at 
8:15 a.m. Friday.

“It's characterized as a burglary and a theft,” Benedict said.

The case remained under investigation.

Deputy Michael Backes, who took the report, could not be reached for comment.

Benedict said the Lower Elwha tribe or the Elwha police turned the dog over to the Humane Society.

“It had been impounded on the reservation by tribal authorities,” he said.

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribal Chairwoman Frances Charles said the county and tribal police are investigating the incident.

“I'm just sad that it happened,” said Charles when reached by cell phone on her way to Washington, D.C.

Charles said the dog was not well-known among tribal members but was involved in an earlier incident.

She did not elaborate.

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