Early Saturday morning, a tall thin woman driving a white Toyota pickup truck entered the crowded Nevada County Animal Shelter in Grass Valley, Calif. and stole a friendly nine-month-old adopted pit bull about to go home with his new human, Donna Martinez.
According to CBS Sacramento, the dog named Bud, once rescued by police during a drug bust, captured the hearts of everyone who met him as he sidled up to the police officers looking for attention and then plopped himself gently at their feet.
The friendly dog failed miserably as a guard dog for the marijuana gardens, however his gentle and goofy disposition easily won over the heart of Martinez. Sadly dreams of going home with her new canine companion on Saturday were shattered, however Bud's story is going viral; hopefully he will be found or returned.
Cheryl Wicks, co-founder of Sammie's Friends, a nonprofit organization which helps the pets at the Nevada County Animal Shelter find homes through medical help and social intervention, is reaching out to the person suspected of grabbing Bud:
"Sammie's Friends This is Cheryl Wicks, Co-Founder of Sammie's Friends. We want dear little Bud back at Sammie's Friends so he can go to his new family. This message is for whoever stole him. There are three people who can identify you. The volunteer you talked to on Wednesday. You know they will. The best thing you can do is get that dog back to the shelter as soon as possible or wait to get caught and be charged with burglary and spend a little time cooling your heels in Wayne Brown. Please return Bud and save yourself and us a lot of trouble. In addition to the media, law enforcement from Nevada and Placer County are involved. Do you really want his dog that bad? We want him more. We will find you. How dare you steal our dog?"
Bud is blue in color with a white chest, and weighs approximately 50 pounds. A $500 reward has been offered for the dog's return or information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who stole Bud.
Martinez is worried about her dog; Bud has been on antibiotics for an infection at the time he was neutered and still needs his medication.
Bud's story has been shared more than 40,000 times through social media. If anyone has any information about Bud, please call the shelter at (530)-471-5041.
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