The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 2, 2014

Grabbed dog returned after Facebook posting

— LEWISBURG — A Facebook campaign helped reunite a Lewisburg woman with her 10-month-old puppy, which she believed was stolen from her Kelly Township yard Saturday.

Kaitlyn Kinley and Saide, a Saint Bernard and Boxer mix, were back together about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, she said, after some 40 people shared Kinley’s story and photo of her missing dog on the social media website.

“She’s glad to be back home,” Kinley said of Saide, adding the dog “is OK, perfectly fine.”

Kinley’s ordeal began when she came home from work Saturday about 2 p.m. She let the dog outside as usual, “and she never leaves the yard,” she said. Next thing Kinley saw was a navy blue Dodge Ram pickup truck leaving with her dog. She couldn’t tell if the driver was a man or a woman, she said.

“I was crying, I was upset,” Kinley said. “I honestly didn’t think I was going to get her back.” But once the message was put out on Facebook, people posted their wishes and advice to Kinley and spread work around the Valley about the dog.

The people who had Saide also saw the Facebook post and brought back Saide to Kinley, claiming they picked the dog up along Col. John Kelly Road, thinking she was lost.

Dog theft appears to be happening more often in the Valley, and there are ways to help protect the animals without restricting their freedom too much, according to the Danville Adoption Center of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

“The biggest thing is try to train the dog to stay in one area, where it can be monitored,” said Donie Aulenbach, an animal care associate with the SPCA. Having the dog within one’s sights and leashing also are options.

Aulenbach highly recommends having a pet implanted with a microchip, an identifying, integrated circuit about the size of a grain of rice placed under the skin. The chip uses passive Radio Frequency Identification technology and corresponds with registered contact information such as the pet’s name and description, owner and veterinarian.

“Microchipping is the easiest way to claim ownership of an animal,” Aulenbach said. “Licensing is great, but people can pass off a license on another dog.” Owners of animals with microchips are usually found within a half hour, she said, adding that every day, the shelter takes in dogs from wardens or that people find as strays.

Dogs can get a microchip at the Danville shelter for $30, including the activation fee. “That way, if a dog is stolen, and you know where it is or have heard reports, you can still prove that is your dog.”


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