Police and volunteers are asking for the public’s help in locating a two-year-old terrier that was stolen from the Seal Beach Animal Care Center Monday.
The dog, a scruffy gray and white little dog named Kane, was stolen by a man who came into the shelter under the pretense that he was looking to adopt, said Jane Parnes, a volunteer at the shelter.
“He said he just put his dog down for cancer,” said Parnes.
Volunteers introduced him to Kane, and he asked to take her for a little walk, Parnes said.
“He took her for a walk, and four minutes later, his truck was gone, and she was gone with him,” added Parnes.
The man is described as a 6-foot tall white man in his early 30s with a medium build. He told volunteers at the shelter that he had just put down his own terrier and didn’t want to return to the boat yard he owned without another dog because he didn’t want to disappoint the guys he works with, Parnes said.
The Seal Beach Animal Care Center is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter, and its volunteers put would-be pet owners through a rigorous interview process to ensure the animals will be cared for and safe in their news homes.
“I just want her back. I am so worried,” Parnes said through tears. In her 14 years of volunteer work at the shelter, Parnes can’t recall anything like this ever happening.
Kane first came to he shelter with a companion dog named Peepers about two years ago. They were both adopted to different homes, but Kane was returned to the shelter in May.
“She is just the sweetest, most perfect little dog,” Parnes said.
Anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of Kane, should call the Seal Beach Police Department at 562-799-4115.