Dog Stolen from Animal Shelter

The incident happened Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Dozer, an adult brindle pitt bull, was stolen from the on Pond Street North on Friday night or early Saturday morning. Shelter volunteer Steven Denlea told Attleboro Patch that a person or persons broke into the shelter and took the dog between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Anybody with information about the location of Dozer should contact the shelter at 508-761-5617 or the at 508-222-1212. 

Chris Bailey September 16, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Paul - he's been there for a year, not just the night. If you look at most shelters, they are mostly pit bulls, because of ignorant people such as yourselves not knowing about the TRUE breed, and just going on a few news reports that you've seen. To catch you up on modern times, police have them as police dogs, based on their obedience and loyalty, not aggression. They are therapy dogs in nursing homes and children's hospitals, they are heroes, such as Lily, who dragged her owner off railroad tracks in Mass. this year to save her life, while she was almost mortally wounded herself. Please, before opening your ignorant and uneducated (about this subject) mouth, go to the ATTS testing and see how well their temperaments have been. This is a non-biased, non-profit organization for testing of all breeds. They bite less than dalmations, huskies, border collies, and much more. I can't tell you how sick and tired I am of defending these animals against people such as yourselves. Go do us a favor and educate yourself a bit please.
deb of see-attleboro September 16, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I hope Dozer is safe. I just wonder how such a fine dog can end up caged in a city shelter at tax payer expense for an entire year and not be adopted out. And please don't take offense to my question. I know someone who tried to adopt in Seekonk and was denied for no legitimate reason that I could see.
Briana Auclair September 16, 2012 at 03:59 PM
DOZER IS BACK! THEY FOUND HIM! Thank you to everyone who had even the smallest part in helping out, Dozie is back home at the shelter being showered in love, pats and kisses. I am so happy right now! YES!
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) September 16, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Thank you for the update. That is great news.
deb of see-attleboro September 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM
After all the hullabaloo, I would think Patch readers are owed details about the disappearance and return of this "prodigal pooch". After all, City of Attleboro: "You paid for it". Maybe now someone will step forward and offer Dozer a loving, permanent home.
Roxanne Houghton September 16, 2012 at 05:38 PM
deb of see-attleboro I would suggest that you take a trip to the accounting office at City Hall. Ask to see the budget that our Animal Control Dept functions on........The volunteer group and private donations pay for just about everything but the salaries of the ACO's. There is a small amount of money in the budget. set aside for injured and sick abandonded animals. Our shelter could not function as it does if it were not for the generosity of the residents of Attleboro. Evidently a lot of people in this city care about our abandoned, abused, senior and homeless animals. Attleboro decided about 15 years ago to support a safe haven for animals, and although this seems to irk you - its not goint to change. I am very happy that "Dozer" is safe and back where he matters. Great job to all the volunteers and to everyone who cared!!!!! I am greatful that we have so many people in our city that are "big" enough to care for our "smallest" and most vulnerable among us. Go Dozer!!!
deb of see-attleboro September 16, 2012 at 06:10 PM
It is great that Attleboro has such caring people. Seekonk has equally caring people. I have only asked for details because Ms Auclair insisted the person who did this "needs to be punished". And I agree. Is there an ongoing investigation? What was the evidence of a break in? And why Dozer? And, yes. Dozer should go. Go to a safe and loving home. After a whole year in captivity there are no takers? What a shame. Maybe with this publicity, that will change. Don't you think that would be best for Dozer? Shouldn't the goal of a shelter be to find responsible, caring families for the animals left in their care?
Roxanne Houghton September 16, 2012 at 06:37 PM
The goal of the shelter IS to find a responsible and caring home for each animal. I am not sure what you are suggesting........The volunteers at the shelter are savy enough to uderstand that not every animal fits into every home. They want every adoption to be successful - not just to hand an aimal to anyone who wants one...that would be ridiculous.....they know what they are doing. There is someone for evryone - just takes time.
deb of see-attleboro September 16, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Roxanne: So what is it about Dozer that makes him unadoptable? A whole year? According to reports here, everyone should have felt safe to call Dozer's name so he could be returned safely to the shelter. (In the human world, we call this prison). So what is the deal? Has the shelter been proactive in finding Dozer a home or not? Have people been denied Dozer's companionship? If so, why?
deb of see-attleboro September 16, 2012 at 07:06 PM
And, btw, 1 year for a dog is 7 for a human. Would you cage a child for seven years to fine the absolutely perfect home?
Laura Dolan September 16, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Deb, You're borderline being ridiculous. You really think the shelter just loves having dogs there for so long? Now you're blaming the shelter? I assume once the investigation is complete we will know the details. Also, it's not jail or "captivity" he is there being taken care of otherwise where would he be? on the street? would you prefer that? Why be so negative? I don't get it. Also, if you break in and steal something, regardless of what, you ARE a punk and a thief!
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) September 16, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I added a statement from shelter volunteer Steven Dunlea.
deb of see-attleboro September 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Thank you, Jonathan. I hope poor old Dozer finds a "furever" home. I, of course, am labeled "the crazy lady":) Keep us posted on this on this going investigation!!
James September 16, 2012 at 10:59 PM
To tell the truth, once I found out that this dog was missing I locked up my dogs for fear that this one would get loose and fight with my little ones. You state that this dog was good with everyone but other dogs, we the public needed to feel safe for our pets. No wonder this dog has not been adopted. Who would take the chance on a law suit should this dog get loose and kill another dog? Then I read in another paper that you people at the shelter all stood around this dog after throwing it a stuffed animal and placed bets on how soon before it was ripped apart. Nice!!! You guys talk about how the shelter makes sure the dog is put in the right home, well can the shelter guarantee me that the people they let have these type of dogs won't let them get loose and kill my pets or scare me half to death? I am very fearful of these dogs because I HAVE been bitten by one that was supposedly so sweet and never bit anyone. Why would anyone take a chance on letting their child get near one let alone let it lick that kids face? They turn on a dime and any parent who does not see that is taking a big risk with their children. Why is the city paying for the upkeep of all these dogs after a certain amount of time? If you can't adopt them because of issues, they need to go!! I don't like paying for them and hope that the city takes note of just how long the shelter has kept some of these dogs. One just celebrated being there for 2 years!! Come on Attleboro enough is enough.
Sue September 16, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Deb, as one of the volunteers at the Attleboro Animal Shelter, I welcome you to fill out a volunteer application, receive the necessary training it takes to become a volunteer at our amazing shelter, and join us! Come on down and use all that incredible energy and passion you have to help the animals in our care! Many of our volunteers are at the shelter every single day and some, when not physically at the shelter, are still doing shelter-related duties. Some of our volunteers help out an hour a week and others much more, so you should be able to fit in perfectly. Thank you so much for your interest in Dozer! Dozer, along with every other cat and dog in our care, is loved and cared for as if he were one of our own pets! And I assure you Deb, if a family has been denied for a dog or cat, it IS for a good reason, but it does not always mean they have been denied for every dog or cat. We make the best choice for that family and that fur kid and sometimes that means one of kids has to live at the shelter a little longer than we would like. Please join us Deb and help us make a difference!!!
Gretchen Robinson September 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I am SO delighted at the good news!! Can a dog like Dozer go to a foster home? I feel bad about his being at the shelter so long and this highlights, yet again, how unfair it is that all pit bulls are painted as bad dogs. This incident just shows how much Attleboro needs a new, state-of-the art Animal Shelter, one that's secure and befits the good work staff and volunteers do!!
Steven Scott September 17, 2012 at 01:17 AM
It's great that you found your mascot, my only concern is that you can remove all the flyers as fast as they went up. Nothing worse than all those flyers flying around town with all the yard sale signs that are left up after the 1st storm.
deb of see-attleboro September 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM
Thanks for the invite, Sue. But I am not a suitable candidate for a volunteer. I simply asked some questions, NONE of which are being answered. Why be so evasive? If I was in a position to take on Dozer, I might consider it. He sounds like a lovely animal. Even though I am not, I know of someone who lost a beloved companion about a year ago. Before I suggest that he take the trip to the shelter, what exactly are you all looking for in a match for Dozer? I wouldn't want to set my friend up for disappointment and an embarrassing rejection.
Audry September 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
WOW It is really sad reading these negative comments...Obviously Volunteering at an animal shelter and what it involves is not known to all or what the Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter Volunteer contribute. As far as being evasive, this is a criminal investigation being conducted by the APD, we CANNOT comment at this time....Surely that is understandable to most. Please feel free to stop by during our adoption hours, any of our Volunteers will answer any questions you may have.
Gretchen Robinson September 17, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Animal Shelter personnel are right to not share info at this time. It would compromise the investigations. They have to be careful! Otherwise the person or persons who took the dog could get off scot free. Do you want that? I'm not a volunteer but I think this is a time to support the volunteers and staff. Don't make a big deal out of this. Don't criticize. Don't judge. Too many people in PATCH make judgmental comments on incomplete information. As the Native American saying goes, "walk a mile in my shoes" before you presume to say you know better than the people doing the work and bearing the responsibility. Another old chestnut of mine is "If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem.' Folks who post here, please don't be part of the problem.
deb of see-attleboro September 17, 2012 at 05:43 PM
I'm beginning to think you're all NUTS!! Most of my questions have been about Dozer and why this dog you all claim to love so much has been held in captivity for over a year. 1) IS HE ADOPTABLE OR NOT!?! 2) SHOULD I SEND MY FRIEND FOR A VISIT TO THE SHELTER TO SEE IF HE WOULD BE INTERESTED AND IF HE IS A SUITABLE COMPANION FOR DOZER OR NOT!?! 3) WOULD ANYONE JUST BE WASTING HIS/HER TIME BECAUSE THERE REALLY IS NO HOPE FOR A FUREVER HOME FOR DOZER?!! Sorry to "shout". But like I said. You are all sounding certifiable.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 05:45 PM
Deb, no need to hit the Caps Lock and name call. Please, everybody, keep it civil.
deb of see-attleboro September 17, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I think have been very civil. I'm just asking reasonable questions that no one will answer and then St Gretchen chimes in to lecture me about judging people. Sorry, I just lost my cool. I am just shocked at how defensive this gang at the shelter are.
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) September 17, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Seriously Deb, you're going to respond to a request not to name call with a name calling? Come on, you can do better than that.
deb of see-attleboro September 17, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Usually I can. But this topic is a different "animal":)
deb of see-attleboro September 17, 2012 at 05:55 PM
I am like a "pit bull";)
Gretchen Robinson September 17, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I would say, (again I'm an outsider here to the Shelter), that the folks there are being reasonable and are highly protective. The two dogs whose owners died in a fire recently are going to a family in Conn. I assume that the family was highly vetted. They had a retriever already (one of the dogs was a retriever). Again, an assumption on my part. But I know how carefully shelter staff are about placing dogs and cats. When I adopted my cats, I had to give the names of neighbors and friends before they'd let the cats go. I had to prove I was a committed and experienced cat owner. Anything less is a disservice to the animal. I know you want to protect your friend from being rejected, but the main concern of shelter staff is the animals under their protection. Staff members have a strongly felt responsibility to give an animal a "forever home" where they have good reason to think the animal will thrive. The goal is what's best for the animal and not everyone who applies, gets the animal they want. At that point one has to be adult about it and not act like a victim. Finally I want to offer to have a private email conversation with you. Maybe we could find a way to communicate better and perhaps have a detente here. Peace
deb of see-attleboro September 17, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Peace to you as well, Gretchen. But I think the questions I ask are valid and simple. I will await a response from the people at the shelter who want what is best for Dozer. That answer should be open and transparent for all to read.
Gretchen Robinson September 17, 2012 at 07:24 PM
thank you. Peace.
Junie-Marie September 19, 2012 at 06:32 PM
I'm so happy Dozer has been found. Give him plenty of hugs & treats. He has had an ordeal I'm sure. He will get a loving home some day. Anything all of us can do to give money to make things more secure there at the shelter ?


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