Amid a police investigation and a public outcry, animal rights activists have returned the puppy they seized from a homeless man in Paris last month, according to news reports.
Activists from Cause Animale Nord, an animal rights group based in Lille in northern France, snatched the puppy in September from a homeless man on a street in central Paris. Members later said the homeless man had drugged the dog and was using it to assist him in begging.
The incident was caught on camera and, since being posted on Facebook and elsewhere, it has been viewed more than 1.7 million times.
A petition on the website Change.org calling for an investigation into Cause Animale Nord’s actions has been signed by nearly 250,000 people.
A police inquiry was launched a on September 25, according to The Telegraph.
The president of Cause Animale Nord — seen taking the dog on the video — was brought in for questioning, but released after promising to return the dog to its owner.
The group had placed the dog in foster care, and was offering it for adoption for a fee of €175.
Posted by John Woestendiek October 6th, 2015 under Muttsblog, videos.
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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 John Woestendiek September 7th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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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 John Woestendiek 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 John Woestendiek March 23rd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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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 John Woestendiek January 5th, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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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 John Woestendiek 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 John Woestendiek December 20th, 2009 under Muttsblog.
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