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Stolen dogs from Missouri shelter feared to be used for dog fighting

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The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri has offered a $500 reward for information leading to the return of two dogs stolen from the facility late Friday night according to the organization's website.

The Cape Girardeau shelter is deeply concerned for the dogs' safety.

As staff reported to work early Saturday morning, they discovered wire cutters had been used to cut the cage doors in the outside kennels where seven-year-old red male pit bull Hazard was stolen and nine-month old blue female Silvey, an American Staffordshire terrier was removed.

The shelter is worried these dogs may have been stolen to be trained for dog fighting. Both dogs were extremely friendly and there is a fear both animals may be used for bait dogs.

A Facebook post from the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri expressed the organization's deep concerns:

"We are gravely concerned that these dogs are in serious danger. When a pit-bull type dog is stolen there is concern they will be used as bait dogs. These sweet dogs need to be returned so they can find loving homes. And theft is never OK. in fact in the state of Missouri, animal theft is a felony. If anyone has any information, please call 573-334-5837 or 573-335-6621."

The Humane Society of Southeast Missouri cares for approximately 5,000 pets annually. Volunteers are always welcome to help with the care and socialization of the animals. If interested in volunteering, please visit the organiztion's website at http://semopets.org/Helping.html and fill out a volunteer application.

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