Dog taken from Columbia pet adoption event


THE MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY BEGAN TODAY. POLITICIANS WLL DECIDE ON MULTIPLE ISSUES INCLUDING THE BUDGET. WE’RE LIVE FROM ANNAPOLIS WITH UPDATES FROM THE FIRST DAY… THEY CAME LOOKING TO PLACE UNWANTED ANIMALS WITH MUCH- NEEDED HOMES… BUT NOW MEMBERS OF AN ANIMAL SEARCHING FOR A PUPPY, WHICH WAS STOLEN OVER THE HOLIDAYS. A-B-C TWO NEWS’ JEFF HAGER HAS MORE ON THIS CANINE CAPER… JEFF? KELLY, YOU CAN CALL IT WHAT YOU WILL… PUPPY-NAPPING… SHOP LIFTING… OR PLAIN OLD THEFT, BUT THE CASE OF THE MISSING MASTIFF MIX IS DOWNRIGHT CRIMINAL… THEY ARE IMAGES FROM WHAT MANY CONSIDER THE BLACK FRIDAY OF PET ADOPTIONS. ONE PERSON EVEN SLEPT OUT TO BE FIRST IN LINE FOR ONE OF TWO HUNDRED ANIMALS AT THE PUPPYPALOOZA IN THE PARKING LOT OF THE COLUMBIA PETSMART ON THE LAST WEEKEND BEFORE CHRISTMAS. BUT POLICE ARE NOW TRYING TO TRACK DOWN THIS 15-WEEK OLD MASTIFF MIX NAMED “ZARIA” WHO DISAPPEARED ON THE DAY IN QUESTION. “THIS LITTLE PUPPY WENT MISSING, AND WE WENT SEARCHING. SHE WENT MISSING. SO WE HAVE THE FLIER THAT HAS THE PICTURE OF THE GENTLEMAN THAT WAS LAST SEEN HOLDING HER AND WE’RE LOOKING FOR THIS GENTLEMAN TO TRY TO TALK TO HIM TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE PUPPY.” ZARIA, IT TURNS OUT, ISN’T JUST YOUR AVERAGE PUPPY. IN HER SHORT LIFE, SHE HAD ALREADY DISPLAYED THE POWER TO CHANGE OTHERS. “THIS PUPPY WAS IN A FOSTER HOME WITH TWO SMALL BOYS—ONE WHICH WAS AUTISTIC. SO THIS PUPPY HELPED THE BOY COME OUT OF HIS SHELL. IT’S A WONDERFUL DOG. HE GETS ALONG WITH OTHER DOGS AND EVERYTHING. SO WE JUST WANT OUR PUPPY BACK.” ZARIA CAME FROM THE LAST CHANCE ANIMAL RESCUE IN WALDORF, WHICH ACCEPTS ANIMALS FROM HIGH-KILL SHELTERS AND PLACES AS MANY AS 10-THOUSAND OF THEM WITH FOREVER HOMES EACH YEAR. “THEY ALL HAVE NAMES.” “THIS IS MEATBALL,,” ..” WHILE THE PERSON WHO STOLE ZARIA MAY HAVE SIMPLY BEEN TRYING TO AVOID AN ADOPTION FEE, THE RESCUE’S DIRECTOR SAYS THIS IS NOT ABOUT THE MONEY. “THE $375 IS NOT THE BIG DEAL. IT’S THIS PUPPY BEING SAFE AND SOUND IN A HOME. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, WE AND THE FOSTER HOME ARE BESIDES THEMSELVES BECAUSE WE GET SO ATTACHED TO THEM. YOU KNOW… WE JUST WANTED THE BEST FOR HIM. BEING STOLEN, WHEREVER SHE IS—IT’S NOT A GOOD SIGN.” IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON THE PUPPY’S WHEREABOUTS, A REWARD IS BEING OFFERED WITH NO QUESTIONS ASKED. JUST CALL THE LAST CHANCE ANIMAL RESCUE AT 240-412-5751.

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