Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Stolen dog returned to animal shelter

‘Kaiya’ found running at large in south Ketchum area

    A dog that was stolen in late October from the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley near Hailey has been returned to the shelter after being found in the southern Ketchum area.
    “She came back on Sunday,” said shelter Executive Director JoAnne Dixon. “She was just found as a stray running at large and somebody saw her.”

It’s kind of strange that someone steals an animal, because we’re in the job of giving animals away.”
JoAnne Dixon
Shelter executive director

    Kaiya, a female shepherd-mix, had no identification, other than a collar bearing her name, when she was first brought to the shelter in September and again on Sunday. However, she does have a microchip that shelter personnel placed into her earlier.
    “We knew it was her because of the microchip,” Dixon said.
    She said Kaiya is in good health but is not currently up for adoption.
    “We’re not sure what we’re going to do at this point,” Dixon said. “We don’t want to adopt her out and then have problems. We just want to make sure everybody is safe”.
    Kaiya was stolen from the shelter the evening of Oct. 25. The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office reported earlier that someone was able to force open a window to gain access to the shelter and take the dog.
    Dixon said the dog is “absolutely” the property of the animal shelter since she was kept the legally required length of time for the shelter to take ownership.
    “We don’t know what the whole story is but we’re still working with police,” Dixon said. “It’s kind of strange that someone steals an animal because we’re in the job of giving animals away. It’s never happened to us before.
Terry Smith:

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