Animal shelter claims family stole dog from facility - KCTV5

Animal shelter claims family stole dog from facility

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MERRIAM, KS (KCTV) -

The Great Plains SPCA is looking for the person who stole a family's lost dog from the shelter even though the person knew the dog belonged to someone else.

Alfie, a friendly, honey-colored poodle-cocker spaniel mix, ran away from a dog sitter during a storm.

"Alfie was nowhere to be found after the first thunder roll 30 seconds later or so," said Scott Joblowski, the dog's owner.

A couple brought the dog to the Great Plains SPCA lost pet center in Merriam after finding him wandering at 75th Street and Interstate 35.

"The dog had a microchip, had been scanned, that traced to the old owner, who had been contacted by the microchip company," said Christine Brewer, with the Great Plains SPCA.

But that owner had given Alfie to Joblowski years ago. The shelter wanted to try to contact him.

While they were trying to straighten things out, a family walked in looking to adopt. They noticed Alfie who had arrived just minutes before.

"He said, 'Oh, I'd be interested in this dog.' We explained to the man that the dog had to go on a five-day hold to give the owners a chance to locate him," Brewer said.

The family left, and Alfie's rescuers took him outside to let him go to the bathroom. After a few minutes, Brewer started to worry.

"One of my co-workers went outside to find out what was going on, and she saw both cars driving away," Brewer said.

According to Brewer, the family told Alfie's rescuers they were clear to adopt him, even though they'd been denied. But the man holding the leash didn't know that and handed him over.

"Unfortunately, he gave him the dog, and he drove away with him. We have no information on him, so we're making a plea to get the dog back," Brewer said.

Alfie's rightful owner, Joblowski, has since come forward. Brewer says she is working with him to find the dog and bring him back.

"I don't want anyone to feel like this is an intentional thing. I don't know well enough and I don't want to ask those questions. I just want my dog back," Joblowski said.

If you know the family who took Alfie, please contact the Great Plains SPCA at 913-742-7307.

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