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Search is on for family's dog who was stolen from shelter

Missing dog, Alfie
Great Plains SPCA

On Sunday, the Great Plains SPCA reached out to their Facebook fans after a family's dog was stolen from their facility in Merriam, Kan.

On Saturday, "Alfie," an altered, male cockapoo, was brought to the Lost Pet Center after a couple found him wandering in the vicinity of at 75th Street and Interstate 35; the dog had escaped from his home. Thanks to a microchip, the shelter was able to gather information about Alfie's owner.

Unfortunately, before the owner could be contacted to come to the Lost Pet Center, the people who brought him to the facility managed to hand him over to a family who was there trying to adopt a dog. The Great Plains SPCA explained how the situation began:

Simultaneous to us helping the couple that found Alfie, another family (mom, dad, daughter about 7 or 8) came in interested in adopting. Our staff directed them to our Pet Adoption Center just two miles away. As they walked to their car, they saw Alfie out with his finder for a potty break. The family looking to adopt came back inside and indicated they wanted to adopt Alfie. Staff shared that he had been found as a stray and was not available as he was on a five-day-hold to give his owner's the opportunity to find him.

The people who found Alfie failed to return the dog to the shelter and instead, they gave him to the family who had asked about adopting him. The facility explained:

When our staff asked the finder to have her boyfriend bring the dog back inside to be processed, we became concerned after it seemed to take quite some time for the finders and the dog to return. Our staff stepped outside to inquire and saw both families driving away (family with Alfie in a bluish minivan). The couple who found Alfie gave him to the family looking to adopt, claiming that the father of the family indicated we told him they could adopt Alfie (which was absolutely not true).

Alfie's true family is desperate to find their missing dog. Anyone who has information about this case is asked to contact the SPCA immediately at 913-742-7307.

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