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Man accused of stealing neighbor's dog has been sentenced to jail

Man sentenced to jail for stealing neighbor's dog
Man sentenced to jail for stealing neighbor's dog
Screen shot via KSBW News

According to Friday's KSBW News, a man who is accused of stealing his Monterey, Calif., neighbor's dog has been sentenced to jail time.

Gregory Perkins, a college math professor, was sentenced on Thursday to 180 days in jail, and he is required to take an anger management class, for stealing Melissa Dalton's Labrador retriever, "Candy Cane."

Candy Cane disappeared while Dalton's family was on vacation in July 2013; the three-year-old dog has never been found.

Perkins was reported to be upset with the retriever's barking and took matters into his own hands, rather than requesting assistance from the local authorities.

The theft resulted in felony charges - including grand theft of an animal and two counts of animal cruelty; Perkins pleaded no contest.

Though nearly a year has passed since Candy Cane disappeared, her family remains hopeful that she will someday be located - the dog has an implanted microchip, if she is alive, there is still hope that there may someday be a reunion.

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