A Pomeranian in a tuxedo, taking the train back home from an SPCA fundraiser in San Francisco, was stolen after his owner fell asleep.
Kerrin Lanahan was riding a BART train back to her San Bruno home Wednesday night when she dozed off — her purse on one side of her, her Pomeranian, Archie, in a travel bag on the other.
When Lanahan, 31, woke up, she found someone had snatched the bag containing Archie, who is trained to help her cope with anxiety.
“If only they had taken the purse,” she told the San Francisco Chronicle.
Lanahan says she has struggled with extreme anxiety, especially while traveling. She survived a plane crash as a child.
She said Archie was trained to be ”really calm in public in general. When we’re out, it’s all about me and him. He goes everywhere with me. When my anxiety level spikes, he knows to jump into my lap.”
Lanahan said she and Archie left the San Francisco SPCA Bark and Whine Ball fundraiser at Fort Mason late Wednesday, taking a cab to Montgomery BART station and getting on a train at about 11:15 p.m.
UPDATE: Archie is back with his owner, ABC 7 reports. After receiving an anonymous text message, Lanahan passed the address on to BART detectives, who found the dog at a home near the Balboa BART station. They were able to confirm it was Archie through his microchip. Police were questioning a person at the house and said charges were pending.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 25th, 2013 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, anxiety, archie, ball, bark and whine, bart, dog, dogs, event, fundraiser, kerrin lanahan, owner, pets, pomeranian, san francisco, search, service, sleeping, spca, stolen, taken, theft, train, travel bag, tuxedo
And taking his dog.
Tony Pulliam said he and his dog Seven were offered shelter by two women during the hottest days of summer. In exchange he offered to paint their basement.
Eventually, though, the women kicked him out and kept his dog, later giving it to a relative.
When he objected and asked for his dog back, “they said, ‘No, you can’t have your dog,’” Pulliam told Fox News in Kansas City.
“I want my dog back” he said. “I don’t function without my friend … I don’t even want to get up in the morning.”
Pulliam met the women while panhandling with his dog at Interstate 435 and Front Street. “They seen my dog and seen how well I was taking care of my dog. They have been helping me out ever since.”
A friend of Pulliam’s, Don Faudel, said Pulliam always took care of Seven.
“He had a raincoat for his dog in the rain,” he said. “I just don’t understand how anybody could decide that anyone is not worthy of owning their dog. He took good care of his dog.”
Faudel and others are trying to find Seven, and get him back to Pulliam.
“As the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover,” said one of them, Brenda Berger. “Just because it was unconventional doesn’t mean he didn’t deserve the dog,” she said.
One anonymous donor has offered a $200 reward for the return of Seven.
Posted by jwoestendiek October 12th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, dog, dogs, homeless, kansas city, panhandling, pets, seven, shelter, stole, street, taken, tony pulliam, took, women
Maybe it’s a case of man’s best friend making for an even better scientific paper.
Maybe, as much as I write about my dog, I have no room to talk.
In any event, at least as reported by Discover magazine, a UC Davis veterinarian’s dog got into the lab trash and consumed 15 agar plates containing thallium.
Thallium is a poisonous compound used in labs to isolate Mycoplasma fungi. (As the article points out, it has also been used by murderers, and was a favorite of Saddam Hussein.)
Being a vet, the dog’s owner did what he could, including administering intravenous fluids and, eventually, a gastric feeding tube. He took notes, ran tests and documented the one-year-old shepherd mix’s slow death in a study entitled, “Thallium toxicosis in a dog consequent to ingestion of Mycoplasma agar plates.”
According to an abstract of the paper: “Clinical signs over the course of 2-3 weeks included vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, alopecia, dysphonia, ataxia, paresthesia, intension tremors, megaesophagus with subsequent aspiration pneumonia, and several seizure episodes.”
The owner/scientist measured Thallium concentrations in the dog’s hair and took blood samples at regular intervals.
After the dog’s death, the scientist/owner concluded, “Hair and blood samples are useful specimens to reach an accurate diagnosis even if taken several weeks post exposure. The postexposure blood and hair thallium concentrations reported in this case are useful data for diagnosticians investigating dogs with potential thallium poisoning.”
Not exactly the stuff of Jack London, but then again, this was a paper written for the Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation. Still, that the dog’s name is never acknowledged, despite her accidental contribution to scientific knowledge, is troubling.
Why does science have to be so cold? What would it lose by showing some heart?
The Discover magazine article, while putting things in slightly more understandable form, isn’t exactly touchy-feely, either:
“At the onset, the dog refused to eat and lost weight. And then things only got worse over several weeks as she lost control of her muscles, seized, caught pneumonia twice, and lost a third of her fur. She had to be fed through a tube. It took 10 months for her to even bark again…”
“While we’re glad this dog’s suffering was not in vain, we had to wonder how common thallium poisoning really is. Thallium used to be a common pesticide, but that’s been banned because it’s also such a potent human-cide. Outside of biology labs, thallium can be found in electronics and glass manufacturing or nuclear reactors, so please don’t bring your dog to work if your job is in any of those places.”
To me, the bigger question in all this, outside of whether anyone was neglectful, is how much and how long the anonymous dog suffered — whether she was kept alive for the purposes of gathering a little more data.
It wouldn’t be the first time.
It’s amazing how much scientists learn from dogs. What’s more amazing is how much they don’t.
Posted by jwoestendiek April 17th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: agar, animals, blood, davis, death, documented, dogs, ethics, experiment, hair, journal of veterinary diagnostic investigation, journals, lab, laboratory, pain, painful, paper, pesticide, pets, plates, poisoned, poisoning, research, samples, science, scientific, taken, thallium, toxic, university of california, veterinarian, veterinary
Last week, police said, someone broke into a house in the 100 block of Cameron Way in the Bayview neighborhood and ransacked it, stealing a laptop computer, a television and all four puppies.
During the burglary, the parents of the puppies were badly beaten, apparently with some kind of blunt object, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
The day after the burglary, someone contacted the dogs’ owner, offering to sell the puppies back for $200. The woman told police she didn’t have the money to do so.
The four-week-old puppies are tan and black-colored miniature Doberman Pinscher and Beagle mixes, and were still nursing, according to police.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Sgt. Neil Cunningham of Bayview Station at (415) 671-2300 or the station’s anonymous tip line at (415) 822-8147.
Posted by jwoestendiek February 13th, 2012 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal cruelty, animals, bayview, beagle, beaten, burglary, crime, cruelty to animals, dogs, kidnapping, min pins, miniature pinschers, mixed, pets, puppies, pups, ransom, san francisco, stolen, taken, thief
William C. Leonard Jr., who lives underneath a bridge in Jersey City, wants Franklin back.
Jersey City animal control picked the dog up last month after finding it tied to a post. The beagle-basset mix was taken to the Liberty Humane Society, and later adopted by new owners.
Leonard, 49, a former county and city worker, said Franklin was given to him by a homeless friend, along with a bag of dog food and the dog’s veterinary records. “I fell in love with him,” Leonard said, describing Franklin as his “friend” and “baby.”
The dog was taken away on Aug. 6 after neighbors noticed he had been tied to a pole next door to the EZ-Market Liquor Store, said Joseph Frank, the city’s animal control officer.
But Leonard turned up at the animal shelter the following day, demanding the dog be returned. Leonard said he provided the dog’s veterinary records as proof of ownership, but was not given the dog because he is homeless, NJcom reports.
“I’ve got all my faculties about me. I’m not an idiot. I’m just homeless,” said Leonard. “I want my dog back.”
The dog was adopted by new owners on Aug. 18.
Freeholder Bill O’Dea tried to help Leonard. “He shouldn’t be punished because he happens to be homeless,” O’Dea said. “Obviously he was able to care for the dog for a substantial amount of time before (Animal Control) got involved.”
Liberty Humane Society Director Nikki Dawson — appointed after the incident — said the shelter did not release the dog to Leonard because he is homeless, but that the shelter has since changed that policy.
“I would have returned the dog and from now on, if someone has proof of ownership, the animal will be returned to them,” Dawson said. She said it’s possible that Leonard and Franklin could be reunited — if the new owner gives up the pet.
Posted by jwoestendiek September 7th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopted, animal control, animals, basset, beagle, dog, dogs, franklin, homeless, homeless dogs, jersey city, liberty humane society, man, new jersey, news, ohmidog!, pet, pets, return, seized, shelter, taken, william leonard
The paintings were found in a warehouse, and the search continues for the suspected thief, the Times-Picayune reported.
Police are looking for Lee Szakats, 60, of New Orleans in connection with the thefts.
A second tipster called the gallery, telling them where the paintings could be found.
Rodrigue, a Cajun artist, is best known for his blue dog paintings.
(Photo: Hilary Scheinuk / The Times-Picayune)
Posted by jwoestendiek June 23rd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, art, artist, blue dog, cajun, dogs, gallery, george rodrigue, new orleans, news, ohmidog!, paintings, pets, stolen, taken, theft
The puppy that was stolen from a 13-year-old Montgomery County boy on Saturday was reunited with him on Sunday, authorities said.
Montgomery County police said a man in the Montgomery Village area discovered the missing 8-week-old puppy on his porch Sunday morning, recognized it from television reports and telephoned police.
Police later brought the dog to the boy’s home in the Gaithersburg/Montgomery Village area, the Washington Post reported
The dog, whose name is Yeti, was taken about 2 p.m. Saturday as the boy was walking with the 8-week-old puppy near Snouffer School Road and Ridge Heights Drive, police said. Montgomery County Police said the unnamed boy was approached by two other youths, who grabbed the puppy and ran.
A neighbor said the boy was “pretty distraught,” after the robbery, but ”very excited” to have the puppy back. Neighbors said the boy and Yeti were out playing again in their neighborhood Sunday.
Posted by jwoestendiek March 23rd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animals, boy, crime, dog, grabbed, maryland, missing, montgomery county, news, pets, police, puppy, returned, reunion, reunited, robbed, stolen, taken, theft, yeti, youths
The sister of the man accused of torturing and killing Buddy, a German shepherd who was dragged for miles behind a pick-up truck, now faces charges of stealing the dog the day before it died.
The sister, Melissa Lockhart, 32, told police she took the dog and another one because she thought they had been abandoned, the Denver Post reports.
Lockart, of Fruita, faces felony theft charges. Her brother, Steven Clay Romero, faces animal cruelty charges after Buddy was found dead Dec. 30 at Colorado National Monument with a rope around his neck.
Investigators say the dog was dragged about two miles before it died.
Police say Buddy and another dog were taken Dec. 29 from the bed of a truck in downtown Delta. A witness wrote down Lockhart’s license plate number.
In federal court Monday, Romero told U.S. Magistrate Judge Laird Milburn that he has been harassed in jail by other inmates since his arrest Thursday. Romero is being held without bond in the Mesa County Jail and has been appointed a public defender.
Lockhart, who surrendered to police Saturday, was released on a $5,000 bond.
An online petition demanding the maximum three-year penalty be imposed on Romero if convicted has gathered nearly 16,000 signatures.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 5th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
Tags: animal cruelty, animals, arrest, buddy, charges, colorado national monument, dog, dogs, dragging, federal court, magistrate, petition, pets, pick-up, pickup, second, steven clay romero, stolen, taken, truck, two dogs
The Alioto family is still hoping for the safe return of Max, a four-month-old puppy that was apparently taken during a burglary of their Baltimore home.
The house, in the city’s Gardenville neighborhood, was broken into two days before Christmas, and thieves took electronic equipment, video games, several Christmas presents and the family’s new mixed breed puppy, the Baltimore Sun reported.
Keith Alioto, 41, of the 5700 block of Belle Vista Ave., said he, his wife and six children left the house about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and returned about 11 p.m. to find the house had been broken into through a rear window.
The dog is mostly black with brown and white chest and paws. He wasn’t wearing a collar. Alioto said fliers with a photo of the missing dog have been distributed throughout the area.
Update: For this story’s happy ending, view the comments.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 28th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: baltimore, burglary, christmas, crime, dog, gardenville, gifts, keith alioto, lost, max, missing, mixed breed, puppy, stolen, taken
A dog has gone missing from the Compassion Veterinary Clinic in Marlborough, Mass. He’s described as small, black and plywood.
Debbie Cassinelli, the clinic manager, made the wooden dog silhouette — and several cats, as well — and attached them a couple of months ago to the clinic’s sign.
She suspects kids took the dog, which disappeared just after Thanksgiving. The cats were spared.
Cassinelli told Metro West Daily News that she worked on the animals off and on for about three months. The dog was based on her own pet, a border collie-terrier mix. Cats looked down at the dog, which rested its paws on the edge of the sign.
She attached the dog to the sign with steel rods.
Cassinelli said she added the animals to the sign to draw attention to it. People tended to “fly down the road” and not notice the sign before the animals went up, she said.
Cassinelli does not think she will get the dog back, but she plans to make a new one.
Posted by jwoestendiek December 20th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
Tags: black, clinic, compassion veterinary clinic, debbie cassinelli, dog, larceny, marlborough, mass, missing, plywood, sign, stolen, taken, theft, vet, veterinary, wooden