Earlier this month, Phineas, the three-year-old Labrador retriever who is in the center of a Salem, Mo., dog-bite case, disappeared from the veterinary clinic where he was being held.
During the time that Phineas has been gone, his owners, Pat and Amber Sanders, have gone to trial in an attempt to overturn a judgement to have him destroyed; the results of that trial are still pending.
According to St. Louis Today, in the last several days, a mysterious letter has been received which may indicate that Phineas is still alive.
The letter reads:
"You’re outraged and frustrated you can’t help aren’t you? Well you can help! Your heart aches for Phineas because you care about him. And the best thing he can do is inspire you to care for our fellow earthlings as you care about him. Use that passion for good! Help the dogs on death row at the pound and kittens thrown into the river by adopting, oppose breeders, and spay/neuter. Help our cow, pig, and chicken friends hindered to slaughter by not eating them. Help the beaver drowning in a trap and coon treed by hounds by not wearing fur and leather. Help the rabbits tortured in a lab by fighting against all animal testing, and shopping cruelty free. Help one friend like Phineas every chance you get. Thanks for all you do for our fellow earthlings. And shame to the selfish. If I were on death row I wouldn’t want my fate in the hands of a judge. So Phineas is now safe and happy playing with friends."
Though many individuals have taken the letter as a ray of hope that Phineas is safe, others have viewed the line which reads, "So Phineas is now safe and happy playing with friends," as an indication that he is at the proverbial "Rainbow Bridge,"
Phineas was taken from the Dent County Vet Clinic; police found not signs of forced entry and there is no video surveillance at the clinic.
Read more about the Phineas case here.
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