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Burlington shelter reports missing puppy

June 17, 2014
Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials at a Burlington animal shelter say a puppy is missing from its facility, and they believe he was stolen.

The Burlington Animal Shelter says the 8-week old Chihuahua mix named Dipstick was reported missing Friday. He remains missing as of Tuesday afternoon, the Burlington Hawk Eye reported ( ).

Marie Kelly, an assistant manager, said staffers discovered the dog was missing when a person came in Friday and requested to see the pup.

"To be honest, it's more infuriating than anything else," she said. "Why would someone steal a dog when we want to give them away?"

Kelly said officials believe the dog was stolen Friday afternoon. Staffers said they did not see any suspicious activity at the facility Friday.

"I saw a volunteer take the puppy for a walk Friday afternoon," she said. "And I saw the volunteer bring the puppy back into the shelter. The next thing we know is that he is missing."

Dipstick, who was the runt of a six-puppy litter, was recently used to publicize an annual event in Burlington that promotes pet adoptions. Police said there are no suspects in the case at this time. He is described as black, with a white tip on his tail and one white paw.

"We do not have any suspects or leads at this time," said Lt. Greg Allen.


Information from: The Hawk Eye,



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