A $1,000 reward is offered for the return of a 4-month-old pit bull puppy taken from the yard of a home near the Salvation Army Kroc Center in South Omaha.
The theft on Friday was compounded, said Nebraska Humane Society spokesman Mark Langan, by a flyer left in the mailbox of the victim’s home the next day. The flyer claimed that the dog had been removed by the Humane Society of the United States for lack of care and listed the Nebraska Humane Society’s Omaha address.
Neither the Nebraska Humane Society nor the Humane Society of the United States took the dog, Langan said.
“It kind of worries me that we have a self-appointed zealot out there who thinks they can just take a dog if they think that it’s being mistreated,” Langan said. “If that’s the case, they should contact us. These people love their dog and they want it back.”
The owner, Celia Torres, said the puppy, named Chloe, “couldn’t be sweeter.” The dog doesn’t bark or growl, she said, and wouldn’t have raised a fuss when approached by a stranger.
“It’s so sad they would blame it on the Humane Society,” Torres said. “We love Chloe. My sister’s (young) kids are heartbroken.”
Anyone with information about this incident should contact Crime Stoppers at 402-444-STOP or at omahacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters remain anonymous and are eligible for the cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.
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Waiting their turn with the veterinarian are Duane Robertson of Pacific Junction, Iowa with Daisy, a corgi, left, Nicki, a border collie mix and Charlie an Australian shepherd-blue heeler mix, front left. To keep all the animals calm they were staged in a storage room filled with flood relief supplies. The Salvation Army Council Bluffs Corps in collaboration with Dr. Melissa Harrer and friends-from the Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs, holds a pet clinic specifically for families that have been affected by recent flooding.
Duane Robertson of Pacific Junction, Iowa, right, comforts Nicki, a border collie being held by Robertson's daughter, Holly Jackson of Glenwood, Iowa, center, as Dr. Melissa Harrer, left, delivers a vaccination. Looking on with concern are Charlie, an Australian shepherd-blue heeler mix with his paws on the table, and a mini Australian shepherd named Josie, lower right.
Holly Jackson of Glenwood, Iowa holds Josie, a mini Australian shepherd while waiting for the vet to return with a vaccination.
Waiting for paperwork after being cared for are Colin Elston, 2, Donald Elston and Sarah Elston all of Missouri Valley, Iowa. The German shepherds from left are Bella, Falcor and Loki.
Duane Robertson of Pacific Junction, Iowa, center, watches as Dr. Melissa Harrer, right works on a dog named Henry with the help of Robertson's daughter, Holly Jackson of Glenwood, Iowa, left.
A tag for bravery was given to each animal treated at the pet clinic for flood victims.
The Salvation Army Council Bluffs Corps in collaboration with Dr. Melissa Harrer and friends-from the Animal Clinic of Council Bluffs, holds a pet clinic specifically for families that have been affected by recent flooding.