Reward Offered for Stolen Puppy

Postby Marinepits » June 25th, 2008, 8:38 am

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Reward offered for stolen puppy

By News Channel 8's Jamie Muro
Posted June 24, 2008
Updated 10:55 PM

Meriden (WTNH) _ It's feared a puppy, stolen from a local animal shelter, may soon find itself inside a dog fighting ring. That's one of the concerns following a break-in at the Meriden Humane Society.

It was on Prince Street in Meriden, somewhere in the woods, where six-week-old Pit Bull puppy Cameron was discovered. But not long after she came to the Meriden Humane Society, she was gone, and it had nothing to do with adoption.

But to get to the dog, whoever did this first dealt with the cats. He or she entered through the cat enclosure, through the window, into the cat room and then down the hall to take Cameron -- a puppy who is not well.

"She had just had surgery on a severe hernia that had been compromised and she needed additional surgery after that," Jillian Cheney, of the Meriden Humane Society, said. "She had a severe infection from an attack she had incurred earlier that had been treated."

After the dog-napping, the entrance that was used became the exit. But now, a new problem: the window was left open and more than 60 cats ventured out into the surrounding woods to explore.

There is concern a cat's natural urge to be curious, to explore, will lead them right to a busy Interstate 91.

"With the thunderstorm last night, we are concerned they might have fled," Cheney said.

So now, the staff is in the midst of two operations by setting traps for dozens and dozens of cats, and asking anyone and everyone to keep and eye out for Cameron. A dog that seemingly escaped a harsh life in the woods, only to return to the unknown by an unknown suspect.

Cheney had been nursing the little six-week old Pit Bull puppy back to health. She was found in the woods with a bad puncture wound over her eye. Cheney says, there's a good chance she's already been used as a bait dog.

"It looked like she might have been attacked by another dog and she did have very severe fear anxiety of larger dogs," Cheney said.

Many now wonder if the theft of the puppy could shine a spotlight on dog fighting in Meriden. It is always a concern with Pit Bulls and there are indications, this puppy may have already been a victim.

In March of 2007 a dog name Gideon was found abandoned by the side of the road in Middletown. The two-year-old Pit Bull had been used as a bait dog and was repeatedly attacked in the most vicious manner in order to make the other dogs more aggressive. The blood sport is now on the minds of those at the Meriden Humane Society.

"It is here and you know, it's not as prevalent as it is say in like Hartford, New Haven area but we have heard of it, it is an occurrence, it happens in Meriden," Cheney said.

Police are now investigating and though they tell News Channel 8 they have not had any recent reports of dog fighting in Meriden people here fear the worst.

"She needs medical attention, otherwise, her outlook is very bleak," Cheney said.

Anyone with information on the break-in or the whereabouts of any of these missing animals should contact the Meriden Police Department at (203) 630-6201 and/or the Meriden Humane Society at (203) 238-3650.

The reward money is now up to $4,000 for the puppy's safe return.
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Postby rescuedogmama » June 25th, 2008, 11:25 am

Ugh. This is so frustrating. Hopefully vets will keep an eye out, in case someone is 'dumb' enough to bring her in for treatment. (Dumb in that people will be looking out for her)
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Postby Judy » June 25th, 2008, 8:51 pm

If anyone can print out and distibute the flyer to vet offices, that would be great. The flyer is on this website:

Crossposted message from Valley Dog Rescue list:

CONTACT Marlen 203-238-3650


$$ usually talks in these situations!!! Donations are welcome!!!


Marlena of the Meriden Humane Society contacted me this morning completely distressed because her facility was broken into lastnight. All the cats were let loose and a 6 week old female brindle pit bull puppy with urgent need of medical attention was stolen. She was bitten on the left side of her face, which is still swollen and just had a hernia operation, which her intestines are beginning to pop out again.

Combined, Marlena, the Bikers AGainst Animal Cruelty, Inc. (BAAC) and other concerned citizens are offering a $4000 reward for the safe return of the puppy, no questions asked!

This puppy will not survive unless she receives medical attention, so please forward this to all vet offices you know and all other rescues/contacts.


Warm Regards,

Cindy Peregolise
Bikers Against Animal Cruelty, Inc. (B.A.A.C.)
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Postby rescuedogmama » June 26th, 2008, 5:07 pm

She was found SAFE!!!!

Granted, it was in a dumpster, but she is back at the humane society. I would love to know who did this..... :mad2:
Stolen Puppy Found In Dumpster
Sick Puppy Was Stolen From Humane Society

POSTED: 9:48 am EDT June 26, 2008

MERIDEN, Conn. -- A puppy stolen from the Meriden Humane Society earlier in the week has been found in a Dumpster.

Officials from the Humane Society said that the pit bull puppy, named Cameron, had been located inside a Dumpster on Wednesday night.

The dog was being transported to a veterinarian for a checkup.

The puppy was stolen during a break-in earlier in the week. Shelter officials pleaded for the dog's return, and said that the puppy was sick and on special medication.

Forty cats were also released from the shelter during the incident.

Workers said that about 15 of the cats remained on the loose on Thursday.
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Postby Marinepits » June 26th, 2008, 5:11 pm

OMG!!! Thankfully she was found, but in a freakin' DUMPSTER?!?! :grind:
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Postby iluvk9 » June 26th, 2008, 5:12 pm

Good news!
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Postby nicole » June 27th, 2008, 8:38 am

Poor baby, I'm glad she was found.
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