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Deputies looking for snatched service dog

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 14, 2012 at 7:46 am with 6 Comments »
June 14, 2012 12:37 pm
Oreo/Courtesy of Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives are searching for a stolen service dog and the three people suspected in the dog-napping.

Oreo is a 3-year-old, black and white, male Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix.

Oreo and his owner, who has a traumatic brain injury, were watching baseball games at Sprinker Recreation Facility on C Street South on May 19. Three suspects approached the man about 2 p.m. and chatted. They played with Oreo.

When the man left the fields, the suspects drove up to the him in the parking log. The suspects opened their car door, grabbed the dog and sped away.

Oreo’s owner had to drop the dog’s leash because he was fearful of being dragged across the parking lot.

The suspects were described as a two white males and a white female. They were all in their early 20s.  The suspects were driving a dark blue, four-door sedan, possibly a Honda.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to arrests and charges filed in the case and for the return of Oreo. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. slasmith says:

    That may be a therapy animal but it is in no way a service animal.

  2. Chippert says:

    Service dogs come in all sizes and colors. Without knowing what this dog was trained to do for the owner, you cannot state that it was not a service dog. For example, a trained chihuahua could alert the owner of a pending seizure just as easily as a German Shepherd could. Yes, there are many out there that make false claims that their animals are “service animals” when they are not, but don’t make snap judgements without the facts.

  3. Doesn’t matter if he’s a certified service dog or not – his owner loves him and deserves to have him returned!

  4. I agree with Popcone. All pets perform a service for their owners anyway – in giving us unconditional love.

  5. littleopinion says:

    If anyone ever tried to take my dog-hter :) they’d be seeing my .45! some people value their animals as others value human children; especially those in need-who receive any sort of special treatment. Those ‘kids’ should be bit** slapped and thrown in jail over night (at least) or better yet, do to them what they did to that poor dog and it’s owner. Punishment seems nonexistent anymore, hence people acting like this and thinking it’s ok. Pathetic.

  6. Would try to kill or cripple anyone who tried to steal a dog from me.

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