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Dogs stolen from animal shelter

By: Sean Evans Email
By: Sean Evans Email

"It just baffles all of us, we just don't understand," said Danville-Boyle County Humane Society Director Kathy Nelsen.

That's the sentiment regarding the canine heist from last weekend at the shelter.
Nelsen says what happened negated why the shelter is there in the first place.

"The dogs and cats here have often had difficult lives. And it's hard to see that someone would make it even more difficult for them," said Nelsen.

All but one of the dogs have turned up. This little one was found in neighboring Millenium Park and returned Friday.
But not all of them came back peacefully.
One pup was found locked in a bathroom at the park. Another was found in a dumpster at a nearby business, barely alive.
Nelsen says that one had also just had surgery.

"It has been taken to the vet, and it was diagnosed with pneumonia."

"It's an unthinkable crime really. We're here to help dogs and cats that are helpless and we try to provide a safe environment. And to think that someone would interrupt that and steal an animal, it's unthinkable to us," added Nelsen.

She says the dog still missing is an adult male pitbull named Johnny, and anyone with information on his whereabouts should call them immediately.
Police have not made any arrests in the case.

The puppy found in the dumpster has since been adopted and is expected to make a full recovery.

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