NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — The eighth and final dog taken from the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter was found alive Sunday, bringing an end to the search that began a month ago.
Volunteers from the shelter said a tip from a Yonkers resident led to the discovery of “Brooklyn,” a pit bull, who was found in a vacant, boarded-up house.
Allison Roesser, of the Shelter Pet Alliance, spoke with 1010 WINS Sunday and said she believed the dog had probably lost about 20 pounds.
“He was a tough guy when he went in and the poor thing was just so grateful to see a volunteer that he recognized and he jumped up and kissed her face,” Roesser said.
Roesser credits teamwork by volunteers — specifically two woman from Long Island — who volunteered their time and posted fliers.
Four of the missing dogs were found during the first week of January. The remaining animals were found one at a time over the last three weeks — all of them were abandoned.
So far, three people have been arrested in connection with the thefts.