Dog stolen from Brunswick animal shelter returned

Posted Sept. 27, 2012, at 7:19 p.m.
Shadow
Coastal Humane Society
Shadow

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A male beagle that went missing a week ago from on outdoor kennel at the Coastal Humane Society was returned Thursday afternoon.

Shadow, a 1.5-year-old male beagle that went missing from the shelter in the late afternoon on Sept. 21 was returned Thursday, according to a press release issued by the Coastal Humane Society.

The release states that the couple suspected of taking Shadow from the shelter came forward after seeing news coverage of the story.

“They were extremely apologetic,” said Aggie Purinton, shelter manager, who received a call from the family Thursday. “They couldn’t afford the adoption fee, and in a moment of desperation and impulse, they decided to take the dog.”

“It was very difficult for them to come forward,” Purinton said.

“We appreciate their compliance and would like to protect their privacy. It is apparent that they love the dog and that this family took good care of Shadow while he was with them.”

Lisa Smith, customer service manager, said, “Our goal is to place as many animals as we can with loving families that can afford them. We understand that people with every kind of budget want to open their homes to animals, but it is also important to be conscious of the costs associated with the ongoing care of an animal.”

Shadow’s return would not have been possible without media coverage and the support of the community, according to Coastal Humane Society.

“Everything happened exactly as we’d hoped,” said Smith. “The dog was returned to CHS and is safe and healthy.”

Shadow was being treated for Lyme disease when he was taken, a condition that if untreated can be debilitating for dogs, the shelter staff noted in a press released issued Wednesday in an effort to locate the dog.

Shadow will now continue to receive treatment for Lyme disease and will return to the adoption floor when Coastal Humane Society veterinarian Dr. Mandie Wehr gives the medical clearance.

To see photos of Shadow’s return, and all of the animals up for adoption, visit the shelter’s website at www.coastalhumanesociety.org. To make a donation to help animals find homes, visit the shelter’s website or mail donations to 30 Range Road, Brunswick 04011.

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