GRANGEVILLE – Doggone. Who stole the pups from the pound?
The Grangeville Police Department is investigating last month’s burglary of the city’s animal pound in which four pit bulls – three puppies and an adult female – were stolen. The dogs were under care at the facility north of town, impounded as part of an animal neglect case.
Sometime after 5 p.m. on Aug. 21 and 6:52 a.m. on Aug. 22, according to Police Chief Morgan Drew, an unknown person or persons cut the padlock to the city wastewater treatment plant sliding gate located on Airport Road, cut a second lock securing the pound and removed the dogs. No other damage or any vandalism was committed during the incident, which Drew said was straightforward in its objective.
“They came to get the dogs,” he said, “and that’s what they did.”
Police seized the dogs Aug. 18 following report of an alleged animal neglect problem at a North Idaho Street residence. On investigation, officers found four puppies in good condition, but the mother was observed with her ribs, hip bones and spine “all protruding from her skin,” according to a GPD report. The owner, Angela C. Johnson, said the female was locked out as she was trying to wean the puppies, and that she was skinny because she had been nursing. A veterinarian examination the following day confirmed the mother had been starving.
Johnson was cited for permitting animals to go without care, a misdemeanor. Arraignment in the case was set for yesterday, Sept. 9; results were unavailable as of press time.
Drew said the dogs were housed inside the kennel and checked twice a day by staff for feeding – the mother was on a high-protein diet (“She was making good progress,” Drew said) – and cleaning. The day prior to the break-in, one of the pups was released to a woman who had a bill of sale from Johnson. The morning of Aug. 22, GPD Officer Phillip Smith discovered the burglary when he went to feed the dogs.
Those with information concerning the case are asked to contact GPD at 983-1351.