Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pit Bull Puppy Stolen From Shelter

From WRTV

Shelter: Teen Stuffed Dog In Backpack, Tossed It Over Fence

The Humane Society of Indianapolis released surveillance pictures Wednesday of a 3-month-old pit bull puppy being taken from its northwest side shelter.
The tan and white puppy, named Greg, was stolen Tuesday at 3:40 p.m., shelter officials said.
Surveillance video shows a teenage boy wearing a red T-shirt, baggy shorts and a red ball cap enter the adoption room, waiting for other patrons to leave, before leaving with the puppy.
Shelter officials believe the teen stuffed the puppy into a backpack and dropped it over a back fence, where he retrieved it after leaving the facility.
"We are infuriated by this brazen act of theft of a living creature," said shelter CEO John Aleshire.
The puppy was being monitored by shelter staff because of prior health issues.
"Since we suspect that Greg was stuffed in a backpack and tossed over a fence, we'd like him returned immediately so his condition can be assessed," said shelter COO Christine Jeschke.
The shelter's surveillance video system was recently upgraded after two puppies were stolen in May.
Aleshire said the shelter will be pursuing even more security options as resources allow.
"We are beyond frustrated that we will have to allocate precious donor funds for additional security measures that should be being used for medical care of needy animals," he said.
Shelter officials asked anyone with information about the puppy to call 317-872-5650, Ext. 160.

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Update July 7, 2011 - The following article is from WRTV:

Stolen Pit Bull Puppy Returned To Shelter

Officials: 15-Year-Old Took Puppy Because He Wanted Big Dog

A pit bull puppy stolen from the Humane Society of Indianapolis' northwest side shelter Wednesday has been returned unharmed.
The tan and white puppy, named Greg, was stolen Tuesday at 3:40 p.m., shelter officials said.
Shelter CEO John Aleshire said the puppy was returned Wednesday afternoon after surveillance pictures of the theft were released.
A 15-year-old boy who admitted to taking the puppy said he wanted a big dog but his parents would not let him have one, Aleshire said.
Surveillance video showed a teen enter the adoption room, waiting for other patrons to leave, before leaving with the puppy. He then stuffed the puppy into a backpack and dropped it over a back fence, where he retrieved it after leaving the facility.The boy's mother arrived home to find him with the puppy and made him return it to the shelter once she saw the security video on TV, Aleshire said.
The shelter's surveillance video system was recently upgraded after two puppies were stolen in May.
Aleshire said the shelter has not decided whether it will seek charges against the teen.

Update July 12, 2011 - The following article is from WRTV:

Pit Bull Pup Stolen Last Week Adopted

Dog Finds New Home

A pit bull puppy that was returned unharmed last week a day after he was stolen has been adopted, the Humane Society said Tuesday.
"Greg," a tan and white puppy, was returned last Wednesday after surveillance pictures of the theft were released.
"He was adopted late in the day and is now on his way to a forever home," said Christine Jeschke, chief operations officer for the Humane Society of Indianapolis.
A 15-year-old boy admitted to taking the puppy and said he wanted a big dog but his parents would not let him have one, officials said.Surveillance video showed a teen enter the adoption room, waiting for other patrons to leave, before leaving with the puppy. He then stuffed the puppy into a backpack and dropped it over a back fence, where he retrieved it after leaving the facility.The boy's mother arrived home to find him with the puppy and made him return it to the shelter once she saw the security video on TV, officials said.The shelter's surveillance video system was recently upgraded after two puppies were stolen in May.

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