Stolen Dog Returned To Family After Owner Runs Into Dognapper

RileyEven if your own pet is disguised to look differently, you can recognize your own pet. This is how Kristy Saint Clair got her stolen dog back.

Saint Clair’s Pomeranian, Riley, had been missing since last week. She posted up fliers and offered a $300 reward for her dog valued at $1,000.

When Saint Clair was walking around her neighborhood, she noticed a man walking a dog that looked similar to Riley. Except this dog was shaved, and wore new tags, a leash, collar, and sweater. She said the only way she recognized her dog was because of his face.

She confronted the man saying that Riley was her dog, but the man said the dog was his and stated that he had papers to prove it.

When authorities went to the man’s house to confront him, he later changed his story and said he “found” the dog. The 22-year-old man was taken into custody. He has been charged with first-degree theft because of the value of Riley, and he is also wanted in California on embezzlement charges.

Riley has been returned to Saint Clair.

Source: KPTV

26 Responses to “Stolen Dog Returned To Family After Owner Runs Into Dognapper”

  1. kaefamily says:

    We are familiar with all the birthmarks on our lit’ mutt. Not that he is of any value. Well, he IS invaluable to us :)

  2. Nora and Rufus says:

    My Rufus is a very striking and beautiful, large, and muscular Australian Shepherd. Everyday I leave for work I am truly afraid that someone will see him in our chainlinked fenced yard and want him for their own. He is very attached to me as I am to him and always seems wary of strangers…..I would be crushed if he was missing. It would ruin me, I swear. I have considered doggy day care, ( I havn’t found any that open at 5:30am and that is when I must leave for work) but it seems that would also be taking some sort of risk that I just don’t want to chance!

  3. Nancy G. says:

    I hate to say it, Nora and Rufus, but if a “big, muscular dog” like yours is stolen, it will be either to be resold to a lab [they prefer larger dogs] or to be used as ‘bait’ for training fighting dogs. However imperfect doggie day care might be, it would be preferable to either of these fates.

  4. Jeanie says:

    What idiot would try to steal a big muscular dog? I’d be afraid it would bite me. My friend has a lovely pit bull/ lab mix who barks any time someone walks by. He’s extremely muscular and great security! Someone would have to be very brave and stupid to try to take him.

  5. G in INdiana says:

    There was bunch of “large muscular dogs” stolen in my area several years ago. All were behind fences and locked gates. It is pretty easy to toss some narcotic laced steak over a fence and wait a bit. Our dogs, large ones, are kept inside even when we are gone. It is the only option we know of that can prevent theft of a dog.
    We let them out to do their business, walk them on leashes even on our own 22.6 acres, and never let them out of our sight.

  6. Lynn says:

    I vote for doggie day care. If you haven’t done so, call the DDC facility. They may have already received requests from others to open earlier and your name added to the list just might be the thing that causes them to open earlier.

    If that fails, see if there isn’t a very reliable high school student in your neighborhood who can be trusted to drive Rufus to the site. Teens can always use the extra cash.

    I don’t know what your work arrangements are, but I’ve got clients that had some employees with the same problem. They ended up bringing the pets to work for an hour, then ducked out to drive them to the day care. Upper management saw that the pets were very well behaved and that having them around created a positive effect among the employees. Subsequently they changed the rules and allowed pets to come to work with their parents - all day. What a great outcome.

  7. Lynn says:

    I vote for doggie day care. If you haven’t done so, call the DDC facility. They may have already received requests from others to open earlier and your name added to the list just might be the thing that causes them to open earlier.

    Another possibility is to ask the DDC if they have someone who lives close to you and if they would be willing to give your number to that pet parent. You could call and offer to pay one day’s boarding per week for that pet…..if you could drop Rufus off each morning at her/his place…..and then Rufus would carpool to the DDC with the other pet.

    If that fails, see if there isn’t a very reliable high school student in your neighborhood who can be trusted to drive Rufus to the site. Teens can always use the extra cash.

    I don’t know what your work arrangements are, but I’ve got clients that had some employees with the same problem. They ended up bringing the pets to work for an hour, then ducked out to drive them to the day care. Upper management saw that the pets were very well behaved and that having them around created a positive effect among the employees. Subsequently they changed the rules and allowed pets to come to work with their parents - all day. What a great outcome.

    Strange things are happening out there and I would worry about leaving my pets in the yard, even if the lock is secure.

  8. Lis says:

    Nora, why is your dog in the yard alone when you’re not home? Why isn’t he inside? As Nancy points out, if Rufus were to be stolen, his fate would likely be much uglier than simply becoming someone else’s pet. Leave him inside when you go to work–crated or in an x-pen, if he’s not trustworthy in the house–or find a way to get him into doggy day care. Don’t just wring your hands in self-indugent worry.

  9. Pukanuba says:

    Nora: I would NEVER go anywhere & leave my dog outside where people can see her. You are taking a terrible chance on losing your dog. If anyone thinks they can make a few bucks by stealing him, they will find a way.

    If I were you, I’d keep him in the house or find a neighbor or somebody to care for him during the day. I’d gladly take a neighbor’s dog in for the day for a few extra bucks.

    It’s a crazy world out there…..even when my dog was younger & chewing up a lot of my stuff, I still wouldn’t leave her outside. I’d never forgive myself if I came home & she was gone.

  10. Ruth says:

    “Kristy Saint Clair got her stolen dog back.”

    Only a Mom would know her own baby even if its a fur-baby.

    Glad you got your pet back……..!!

  11. Scratch says:

    Nora,

    If you cannot work with the doggy daycare consider this option. Have him tattooed with a number that is specifically yours. (Phone number or SS #) on the inside upper thigh and have a special tag made that says so on his collar. Also, double fence and double lock. Cover the inner fence where he will be.

    Scratch

  12. Nora and Rufus says:

    Lis, you and your self indulgent worry theory sucks. I also have a downright vicious male Australian blue heeler who will not let ANYONE near the fence and and we have a sign “Beware of Dog”. The gates are all padlocked and we are right behind a Child Daycare with huge windows that overlook our front yard and lots of police traffic…….If you think that I am being SELF INDULGENT by worrying about my dog, you obviously have inner personal issues of your own that YOU need to deal with. Everyone else, thank you so much for the kind advice, I really appreciate it.

  13. trucorgi says:

    Not to scare you but I have heard of a case where someone came home and found all the dogs dead. Lightning struck the chain link fence. Too many strange things can happen when you are not home. Mine are always in their crates when I am out.

  14. Scratch says:

    Unfortunately, many more pets are killed in house fires than struck by lightening. If lightening is a concern, the fence could be wood. My pets are all inside. The thought of a fire freaks me out. But, sometimes there are reasons inside all day doesn’t work.

    Nora, I am glad Rufus is behind a fence and not on a chain. A double fence would also protect any child that may wander from the daycare and stick their fingers through the fence.

  15. badgerdog1887 says:

    Please be careful leaving any dog unattended. I remember reading on a German Shepherd website a few months ago that even schutzhund dogs are at risk of being stolen, because they are worth a lot of money. If someone wants a dog bad enough, they have ways of getting them even if they are trained protection dogs.

    We have German Shepherds, a 6′ cyclone fence with privacy slats, and our gates are locked. You wouldn’t want better guard dogs. However, the neighbor’s kids felt it would be fun to jump off their garage roof into our locked yard one day when we weren’t home. Our dogs love kids, but these were people jumping into our yard! Our dogs were safely inside, but the police gave these kids an earful when our other neighbor caught them. If our dogs would’ve been out and bit these little monsters, they would’ve been deemed ‘vicious.’

    My main point, please watch your pets at all times. This world is just way too crazy.

  16. Lis says:

    Nora, a vicious dog outside in the yard unsupervised is an additional problem, not a solution. Consider the problem of a kid deciding to come into your yard, for instance.

    And if someone thinks they can make a profit by stealing your dog, they’ll find a way–drugged meat, for instance.

    The child day care may have big windows overlooking your yard, but they’re watching the kids, not your dog.

    The police traffic will help only if the police happen to be there when someone decides to steal or harm your dog.

    I call your worry “self-indulgent” because you chose to make a point of it in public, but are in fact doing something that’s quite dangerous for your dog, and don’t plan to change it.

  17. nora and rufus says:

    Lis,you are very judgemental and you really have no idea WHAT I have chose to do about it. You are not a nice person and I don’t appreciate your stupid and uninformed judgements and comments about my dogs. Worry about your own issues, you apparently have many.

  18. Lis says:

    Nora, you may need to reread some of your own comments, from other threads.

  19. Nora and Rufus says:

    Lis, no thank you, I HAVE a life and so do my animals, so back off STALKER.

  20. Lis says:

    ????

    Am I supposed to feel alarmed because call me names? Are you imagining that there are possible legal consequences to the fact that I didn’t immediately say, “Oh, yes, I’m completely wrong and terrible person, it’s good that Nora leave Rufus (a dog whom she claims is vicious) unsupervised in her yard all day while she’s at work?”

    Time for you to grow up and start taking responsibility for your own actions (and comments), Nora.

  21. mittens says:

    my mailbox is a flap in my door and i even rigged( made a closed locked box on the inside the mail falls into) that so absolutely no one can open that flap and even see into my house let alone stuff something unsavory through the flap my cats could get at.( i actually thought of that specifically and immediately sealed the flap off). people are deranged and capable of absolutely anything whether you have a fence or not. i always arrange things - my saftey and the safety of ‘ the ladies’-while viewing other humans in the worst possible light.

    everyone knows their own situation best. there’s no way i could ever let my cats out or leave a dog in my non- existant yard- i live in an urban environment. that doesn’t mean their are not some places on earth you can do these things and still be considered responsible. it just seems however people are getting increasingly destructive. i find it impossible to trust humans to respect me and mine.

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  23. edwin says:

    LUCKY our six year old Boston Terrier likes to escape. She is an escape artist going over under and thru fences and doors. During her excursions she has been dog napped 4 times over the past four years.

    Once she and COKIE our 4 year old Labchow were let loose 40 miles from where we stay in another state without their collars or tags. We think that they were let loose after whoever had them read the tags that said they micro-chips. The people that found them took them to a vet and got in touch with us. A friend got her chip dog three month after it disappeared.

    Another time she was sold for drugs. Another time some kids conspired to keep LUCKY and then a father wanted to
    keep her for his kids. Each of these three times we put up 200 or more reward posters in about a 20 square block area. Also a car window window was broken and COKIE chased those people off.

  24. skiturtles says:

    How did you go about getting the police to make the man return the dog?

    A homeless drug addict gave my husband I a dog 4 months ago. We never heard from her again until last weekend when she stole him back. The dog is licensed in our name, but he police won’t do anything. All I have been told I can do is file a Civil Suit for the cost of his care.

  25. Jessica says:

    Here is a good one. The guy that kidnapped the dog, turned out to be on the run from California for embezzlement. He was extradited back to California.
    Recently, he was seen at a local Night club back in
    Oregon laughing it up with a bunch of girls. He was
    seen by the owner of the dog he kidnapped at the
    same bar.

  26. Kristy St. Clair says:

    Thanks for all our support I like what jessica said ….. Its true He works at malones as a dj Ha Ha thanks everyone me and riley are healthy and happy
    *Kristy


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