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August 29, 2013

Stolen bulldog found

Niagara Gazette — The SPCA of Niagara has recovered it's kidnapped bulldog and the prime suspect in the case has been jailed on unrelated charges.

SPCA officials said the received a tip Wednesday afternoon that the missing dog was "sitting" in front of a home on 17th Street. When rescue workers responded, they found the dog and regained custody of him.

The discovery of the missing dog came abut 24 hours after the prime suspect in the dognapping was arrested after a shoplifting incident at a store in the 1500 block of Military Road. 

He was charged with petit larceny in the shoplifting case and investigators from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office will now look into charging him in the kidnapping of the dog.

Falls Police had spent more than a week trying to track down the bulldog. Officers went to multiple locations in the city in a search for the animal. 

The hunt ranged from Walnut Avenue to 15th Street and Weston Avenue to the 700 block of 19th Street. In one case, a witness told officers they were sure the dog was in a nearby house, but the resident of the home denied it.

The white American bulldog, known as King, was discovered missing after an apparent break-in at the Lockport Road animal shelter. Investigators believe the dognapping occurred between 8 p.m. Aug. 19 and 8 a.m. Aug. 20.

SPCA officials believe the break-in was tied to a Falls man who was staying at a 15th Street home where the dog was seized.

“The man who had the dog had been arrested for squatting in the home,” SPCA Shelter Director Amy Lewis said. 

Lewis said an SPCA rescue worker brought the bulldog to the organization’s shelter and it was placed in a kennel there. A day later, the man who had been accused of illegally occupying the 15th Street property showed up at the shelter and demanded the dog.

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