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Friday, Apr 4, 2008County: Fairfield
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
A $1,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information about the dognapping of a 2-month-old beagle Friday from the city's animal shelter on Asylum Street. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Connecticut, based in Monroe, is offering the reward to anyone who can either return the missing brown-and-white puppy or provide information that could lead to the arrest of a suspect.
"We're a little concerned for this puppy being in the wrong hands," said SPCA Director Fred Acker.
Anyone providing information about the theft will receive a $1,000 reward only "if a person is arrested and convicted based on a person's information," Acker said.
A couple of SPCA volunteers have also donated money to replace the shelter's digital camera, which also was taken during the break-in.
"You can't post pictures online unless you have a digital camera," said Acker, adding that many prospective pet owners look for animals to adopt using the web postings by animal shelters and rescue groups.
Other items taken in the burglary include a computer, a bag of dog food, a locked gun case containing a tranquilizer gun and all of the cat rescue group cards in Office Manager Melissa Kuian's card catalogue. No doors or windows were broken by the intruder to gain entry, although the door of Animal Control Officer Jimmy Gonzalez's office was kicked in. The burglar also set loose a pit bull in the main office, threw a computer into woods behind the shelter and tossed a bag containing the police radio charger and batteries onto the roof.
Lt. James Viadero, spokesman for the Police Department, said the SPCA reward is appreciated. "We always welcome any help we can get," he said. "And a reward would be useful."
- Connecticut Post - April 7, 2008
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