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Puppy stolen from local Humane Society returned

Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri's Requi Salter holds the Chihuahua puppy that was stolen Saturday and returned Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.
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The puppy stolen from the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri over the weekend was returned Wednesday.

On Saturday, a young woman came into the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri looking for a puppy, took one outside to play in a pen and never returned, said Requi Salter, who sits on the organization's board of directors.

Wednesday morning, a young man, who Salter said she believes to be the woman's boyfriend, approached an employee who was outside playing with dogs with the puppy and claimed to have found it.

The puppy was in good condition, although it appeared to be a little hungry, Salter said.

A woman who appeared to be in her late teens or early twenties allegedly nabbed the 10-week-old Chihuahua around 4 p.m. Saturday after she took it outside to play, Salter said.

The organization has received several applications for the puppy since it gained notoriety, and it will likely be adopted in the next day, Salter said.

The Chihuahua puppy reported stolen from the Humane Society in Cape Girardeau last week.
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Salter said Monday that animal theft is a felony, but if the dog was returned by Wednesday the society would not press charges.

Dog theft is a felony punishable by up to four years in prison, said Cape Girardeau County assistant prosecuting attorney Julie Koester.

Pertinent address:

2536 Boutin Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO

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-- Posted by BananaEater on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 12:57 PM

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-- Posted by Iceburg on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 4:02 PM

This should be a wake up call for next time to have "play-time" visits supervised by an

employee !!!!!! This little puppy is very

fortunate to have been RETURNED and UNHARMED!!!!

-- Posted by Skopos on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 4:35 AM

Skopos, give me a big fat break! "puppy fortunate to have been returned and unharmed" What world do you live in. She is young and obviously wanted a puppy. She's not a psychopath, and her boyfriend did the right thing by returning it for her. Paranoid much?

-- Posted by wuzthinking on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 9:53 AM

I didn't think it was the Victim's decision whether or not charges get filed. If the Police have enough evidence of proof, is it not the State's authority?

-- Posted by hartlemanagement on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 10:13 AM

I think this paper is hurting for news.

-- Posted by xoxo on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 10:19 AM

True that, Stuck.

-- Posted by hartlemanagement on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 10:23 AM

What people dont relize is how badly they are in need of money for many reasons with more money they can have more cameras or and extra worker to watch people as they take them out side to play they are also in need of a new building the current building is falling to pieces if they had the money they could build there new building have more efective surcurity and be able to have more places for the animals witch means being able to save more lives and give you a better chance a finding a dog or cat you fall in love with

-- Posted by football player 53 on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 4:22 PM

Press the prosecution. In a felony case, The shelter personnel are just witnesses and don't have the right to decline prosecution. The victims are the People of the State of Missouri.

-- Posted by Yankee Station on Fri, Jan 13, 2012, at 11:09 AM

uh,, if the "fees" werent so high more people would adopt animals from the shelter, there would be less animals at the shelter and it would take much less money to run it... duh!

-- Posted by Real-ist on Sat, Jan 14, 2012, at 9:34 AM

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