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Thursday, 25 March 2010

March 26--  UPDATE.  Therisa Ingley from the Sweet Onion Animal Protection Society reports the person who stole the pup in the story below has been arrested by Laurens County authorities and will be proscuted.

March 25--  A $5,000 reward is being offered for a pit bull puppy stolen in Laurens County.


 Within hours of riding in Saturday's St. Patrick's parade, a pit bull
 puppy was stolen from the Dublin/Laurens Humane Society.
 Clyde, a white and chocolate five-month old pup, was one of several
 pups that had been seized in the October 2009 raid at Monty Loyd's
 East Laurens property.
 However Clyde, along with several of the other dogs, were recently
 made available for adoption after Loyd surrendered the dogs to the
 Humane Society.

Saturday, Clyde rode in the parade with Superior Court Judge Stan Smith.
 "His name is Clyde and he needs a good home," Judge Smith would say
 as his car traveled along the parade route.
 After the parade, Clyde was secured in his pen at the local animal shelter.
 "I personally put him back in his pen and locked all the gates. I
 personally put the chains on the gates and double-locked them," said
 shelter director Irene Sumner. "That's why I was so surprised when I
 got the call from the staff on Sunday."

 Sumner said when the shelter staff reported to work Sunday morning
 and did not see Clyde in his pen, they assumed someone had decided to
 adopt him after seeing him featured in the parade.
 But that was not the case.
 Sumner said someone apparently managed to squeeze through a small gap
 in the gates on the property.
 "They didn't come into the office, and nothing else was taken," said
 Sumner. "They knew what they wanted and they came and got Clyde."
 Sumner made a report to the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, where
 the theft and breaking and entering case is under investigation.

 In addition, Greg Norred, whose firm Norred and Associates
 investigates dog fighting cases, offered $1,000 for the safe return of
 Clyde and for information leading to the arrest and conviction who
 ever broke into the shelter and stole the dog.
 As word of Clyde's theft spread, others began pledging additional
 reward money. By Tuesday afternoon, the reward reached $5,000.

 Anyone with information in the case is asked to call Sumner at
 478-290-3344; or the Laurens County Sheriff's Office at (478)
 272-1522;  or Norred and Associates tip line toll free at (877)
 215-2250. Calls may be made anonymously.

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