7 Dogs Stolen From Mount Vernon Shelter

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Seven dogs were stolen from the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter just days after Christmas.  The dognappers came in the cover of darkness to the shelter, where there are no alarms and no surveillance cameras.

Now the volunteer group, Friends of the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter, is offering a $1,000 reward for their safe return.

“We’re all devastated. It’s been very, very traumatic,” pet rescue volunteer Susan Matos told WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi.

WCBS 880 Reporter Catherine Cioffi gets details from the Mount Vernon Shelter

LINK: Mount Vernon Animal Shelter’s Facebook Page

The dogs were taken from the shelter on Dec. 28 and 29 after apparent break-ins.

Five of the dogs are docile mixed breed pit bulls. One of them, named “Dicey,” was at the shelter for a rabies evaluation and was rescued from a Bronx crack house five years ago.  She may need to be rescued again.

“This is my child, you know? Not knowing where she is, now knowing what hands she’s in, not knowing what’s being done to her is what’s killing me,” Dicey’s owner, Lisa Connelly, told CBS 2’s Lou Young.

“There’s no way they could have gotten out by themselves,” Matos told 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon.

1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reports

Matos said that she is especially worried that the stolen dogs could be used for bait in a dog fighting ring.

“The dogs that are trained for fighting are trained by using dogs who don’t fight back,” she said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Mount Vernon Police Department at (914) 665-2500, Mount Vernon Animal Shelter at (914) 665-2444 or volunteers at 914-841-1001.

Another missing dog, named “Jack” had just been adopted and was about to be picked up. The beagle was going to work as a bed bug sniffer for a local company. The young woman who walked him every day expressed worry about the dogs’ whereabouts.

“The area the shelter is in isn’t so great and they took a lot of dogs that potentially looked aggressive, but weren’t. But who knows what they would use the smaller dogs for. It’s really scary,” Mary Oddox said.

“Needless to say, none of us can really rest easy until these dogs are found and they were all really gentle, sweet souls,” Matos said.

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  1. Mel says:

    My bfs dog went missing the day after new years. I’ve searched online high and low and have found nothing. What I have found is that there are a lot of dogs that have gone missing. His father also saw alot of signs for missing dogs in their town. I think something very bad is happening around here. He had him for 13 years. I just wish he would come home safe and healthy.

    1. Peggy says:

      This should be another news story. Public must be aware of this and safeguard their animals.

  2. Maureen says:

    Maybe if someone could arrange to have Michael Vick put out a plea for the remaining four dogs to be returned to the shelter, or any safe haven someone from the dog fighting area would take notice and insure their safe return.

  3. Ivy D. says:

    I am heartbroken at the thought of those innocent dogs at the hands of heartless criminals.

  4. Deborah M. Damascus says:

    Thank God 4 of the dogs have been found. Let’s pray the others are also. There is always a trail that can be followed. I will donate to this shelter as well. I am glad to hear they’ve put in an alarm system. Those dogs are sitting ducks without the protection of an alarm especially if they are used for unspeakable dog fighting.

  5. Cindy says:

    Thank you, CBS, for carrying this story. It broke my heart to see it on last night’s broadcast – but I was so happy to see a viewer’s tip lead to the covery of 4 of 7 stolen dogs. CBS carries a lot of animal rights/protection related stories, which makes it my first choice of networks for news!

  6. Jenn says:

    Why would you blame a shelter that runs with nothing but a very small budget from a city that would prefer to have all dogs euthanized? I’ve been to that shelter to drop off food & blanket donations and the staff and volunteers do the best they can with what they have. The animals there are not mistreated, nor are the dogs housed outside. However, the shelter is in a bad neighborhood- precisely the kind of neighborhood dogs like pitbulls (and other unwanted animals) need to be protected from. But again, that is beyond the control of the shelter staff.

    If there were no shelter, where would these animals go? It is not the animal’s fault- people abuse them, refuse to get proper veterinary care, and don’t spay/neuter. Chances are some thugs stole these dogs as bait for fighting. Area residents should demand to know why their tax dollars aren’t going towards real quality-of-life issues in their city.

  7. Deborah M. Damascus says:

    This shelter should be closed. IF there are evil people out there who are doing this they know the dogs are at their mercy. Let’s get the remaining dogs out of there. WHERE IS THE OVERSIGHT?

    1. Nina Ancharski says:

      If this shelter were closed, where would these dogs be? Still in a crack house? On the streets as strays? Euthanised? Many rescues have very low funds and these people do the best they can with what they have. They often work on volunteer basis, with donated materials. I agree that it is horrible and people are evil, but blame the evil doers, not those who are trying to do well and make a difference. The dogs all seemed well fed and well cared for and are OFF THE STREETS. Let’s close a shelter so these dogs have one less place to go.

  8. Maureen says:

    It appeared on TV as if these dogs were not kept inside, but in outdoor runs with dog houses. This is not a secure location. First of all no dog, especially those with short hair should be kept outside in this type of weather.

    And why don’t they have security cameras. How could they put these dogs who have been through so much in such jeopardy. Why was it not reported until 1/3/11 on television when it happened last week. This seems very suspicious to me. It is almost as if it could be some inside job and they want to keep it quite. Why did they not make an appeal to the public immediately to keep their eye’s out for the dogs stolen. THey should have plastered the dogs pictures all over television and the internet.

    Shame on the shelter….which probably is not much of a shelter since it does not understand how to keep their animals safe.

    1. Kim says:

      Is this a county/public shelter funded by tax dollars or a private, non-profit organization? Regardless, they only have the funds that are provided to them through tax dollars or donations. Don’t blame them. Demand more funding from your local councilmen/women.

  9. Valery says:

    I hope they find them… I lost my sleep… Im contacting the shelter to increase the reward…. Let’s get them back…. I dont like this world if things like this can happen….

  10. NewYorkForum.us says:

    Put the extra monet towards security at the location as the incident can be repeated by copycats.

  11. Jody Anne Fitzpatrick says:

    PLEASE GET A PLEA TO THE PUBLIC “MAKE SURE THEY SAY TO RETURN THEM TO A PUBLIC SPOT ie. WALMART OR ANY VET HOSPITAL POLICE STATION…. WE NEED THEM SAFE A.S.A.P!!!

  12. Simone says:

    we will not rest until these dogs are back at the shelter, and this horrible people in jail, were they trully belong.

  13. Lisa says:

    I WILL ALSO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO INCREASE THE REWARD THAT LEADS TO THEIR RECOVERY. I WILL CONTACT THE FRIENDS OF MOUNT VERNON ANIMAL SHELTER AT FriendsofMVShelter@gmail.com (or 914-841-1001).

  14. Jamie says:

    I am a trainer/volunteer there. One of the dogs stolen was going to get a home two days later! Its horrible.

  15. sandy says:

    horrible people they need to be shot if caught!!

  16. PEGGY says:

    I AM WILLING TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION IN ORDER TO SLIGHTLY INCREASE THE REWARD MAYBE OTHERS WILL DO THE SAME

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