Niagara Gazette

Crime

August 27, 2013

Falls cops continue dog hunt

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Niagara Gazette — Lewis noted the dog did not have any license or vaccination tags when it was seized. 

The man left the shelter and returned short time later with a sheet paper with the letterhead of a Niagara Falls law firm. The paper had his signature and a notary stamp.

“We said this doesn’t prove you own the dog, it just proves this is your signature,” Lewis said.

The shelter director said the man argued with SPCA staffers, but eventually left, without the dog. Lewis said shelter workers also wondered about the man's reasons for wanting the dog returned.

"We told him if he couldn't prove the dog was his, if he didn't have paperwork, we would hold the dog for the required number of days and then let him adopt it," she said. 

Lewis said the man was told he would need to make sure the dog was registered and vaccinated and the SPCA would neuter the animal.

"He became very upset over that," Lewis said. "He told (a staffer) something akin to 'You'll neuter him over my dead body.' and left. So we think he's using the dog (to breed)." 

The next day (Aug. 20), a kennel worker discovered the bulldog was missing.

“Someone had cut through our fence and entered (the kennel) and removed the dog,” Lewis said. “It may be one thing to take your dog, if it is your dog, but it’s another to break and enter our shelter.”

Falls police say they have information that the man who claimed the dog now has the animal in his possession.

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