The search for a cancer-stricken man's stolen dog in Pittsburgh, Pa., has ended on a sad note with the discovery that the dog is no longer alive, reported Thursday's WTAE News.
Police determined that the eight-year-old Siberian husky, named "Thor," was euthanized by a veterinarian at the home of his accused dog-napper, Gisele Paris.
Thor was stolen from his guardian, Mark Boehler, last November.
Boehler, who is suffering from stage-3 esophageal cancer, had hoped to be reunited with his missing dog before cancer claims his life, but he learned on Thursday morning that a reunion would never take place.
Officials determined that Paris had a licensed veterinarian perform the euthanasia at her home on Feb. 10 - just days before she was arrested for the theft.
At the time that the 57-year-old woman was initially arrested, she fought with officers and was charged with theft, resisting arrest and aggravated assault; she is now facing an additional charge of animal cruelty.
Thor's devastated guardian told the Post-Gazette:
"I'm going to see this lady do time if it's the last thing I do."
She took the law and everything else into her own hands," Mr. Boehler said. "I can't believe it. I'm numb. I'm really numb right now.
Prior story about this situation here.
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