When Aries, a 5-month-old pit bull puppy disappeared, his owner, Theresa Driehurst, blanketed the area and the internet with flyers about her missing dog. When someone tried to sell the puppy on Craigslist, a citizen recognized the dog from the fliers, and contacted Driehurst, according to an article posted today on KGW.com in Portland. Now two people are in custody on theft charges, and Aries is back home with Driehurst.
According to KGW, Aries bolted through an open garage door the first week of March. Driehurst and her husband took immediate action, posting photos of the dog on the internet, notifying the local shelter, putting up flyers throughout the area, and monitoring Craigslist for found dogs.
A woman who was reading Craigslist had seen the missing dog notice about Aries on the site earlier, and when she saw an ad for a puppy who looked suspiciously like Aries, she notified Driehurst.
Driehurst responded to the "for sale" ad and arranged to meet the seller nearby in a parking lot, accompanied by the local police. The dog turned out to be Aries, and the sellers, Matthew Templeton and Michelle Duckworth, were both arrested on felony theft charges.
This kind of thing happens far too often; missing dogs end up being sold on Craigslist. If you have a missing dog, make sure you get the dog's photo out to as many people as possible. The more exposure the dog has, the greater the chance that someone will see the dog and contact you.
If you find a dog that you believe is yours on Craigslist or a similar site, it's a good idea to contact your local law enforcement agency for advice on how to proceed. If it turns out the dog is yours, and it was stolen, you may very well want the option of pressing charges so the same thing doesn't happen to another pet.