Dog lost but found

Pit-bull stolen in break-in to Gander SPCA found by RCMP

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY CLARENCE NGOH clarence.ngoh@gan­der­bea­con.ca

GANDER, NL – Mar­sha, a oneyear-old fe­male pit-bull is safely back at the SPCA after be­ing stolen April 5 in a break-in at the shel­ter. Bon­nie Har­ris, man­ager of the SPCA, told The Bea­con some­one broke into the shel­ter after hours.

“The premise is se­cured, but un­for­tu­nately, a fault in the sys­tem did not trig­ger the alarm when the break-in took place,” said Har­ris.

As soon as Mar­sha was re­ported stolen, Har­ris got in touch with the po­lice, who posted to Face­book at 10:30 a.m. look­ing for help find­ing the stolen an­i­mal. About 30 min­utes later, the post was up­dated, in­di­cat­ing Mar­sha had been found.

The SPCA said the RCMP found Mar­sha safe and sound.

Nikki Brin­son works in the Gander and Area SPCA and one of her re­spon­si­bil­i­ties is to feed the dogs in the morn­ing.

There was some­thing dif­fer­ent April 6. One of the other dogs, Abby, was un­usu­ally quiet dur­ing meal­time. Brin­son no­ticed her shiv­er­ing and hud­dled in the cor­ner of her ken­nel.

The odd be­hav­iour tipped Brin­son off and she took a closer look at the sur­round­ings. It was then she no­ticed the dou­blepaned glass of the back door was bro­ken and the floor lit­tered with bro­ken glass.

Brin­son then no­ticed Mar­sha was miss­ing from her ken­nel.

Mar­sha was only put up for adop­tion on Mon­day, April 2 and there were many ap­pli­ca­tions to adopt her, ac­cord­ing to Brin­son.

“A good home was al­ready picked for her,” said Brin­son after ap­pli­ca­tions were care­fully vet­ted. “We have an idea who did it, but we can’t elab­o­rate on the de­tails – it is in­no­cent un­til proven guilty, you know.”

This is not the first time some­one broke into the SPCA to steal an an­i­mal. Har­ris said a cou­ple of sim­i­lar in­ci­dents have taken place in the 20 years she has worked there.

CLARENCE NGOH/THE BEA­CON

Nikki Brin­son no­ticed that the SPCA premise was bro­ken into when one of the other dogs was un­usu­ally quiet dur­ing meal time. This tipped her off and she took a closer look at the sur­round­ings, which is when she no­ticed the bro­ken glass on the floor and...

CLARENCE NGOH/THE BEA­CON

Mar­sha, a one-year-old fe­male pit­bull, was stolen dur­ing a break-in to the Gander and Area SPCA April 5.

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