Stolen Dog Returns to Animal Shelter

A volunteer says officials can't discuss the situation in detail because of an active investigation.

A little more than 24 hours after he was illegally taken from the Attleboro Animal Shelter, Dozer the pit bull was back Sunday morning. Details of what happened to the brindle dog are not clear.

Shelter volunteer Steven Denlea told Attleboro Patch, "At this time due to it being an active Attleboro police investigation we can not comment on the details. Dozer is safe again and looking for his 'furever' home. We are thankful to all the support that has poured in from the community."

A person or persons broke into the shelter and took Dozer between 6 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday, Denlea said. This sparked a large search effort, which included a wide distribution of fliers that could be seen on business windows and other places throughout the community.

Prior to the theft, Dozer had been at the shelter on Pond Street North for more than a year.

paul September 17, 2012 at 11:45 AM
The police should investigate why pitt bulls are being kept at the shelter for over a year. What's the law on that? How long do taxpayers have to foot the bill for strays or unwanted pitt bulls?
deb of see-attleboro September 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Jonathan: Have you tried to get a police report or statement on Dozer's disappearance? Maybe the shelter can't comment on this alleged break in. But maybe the Attleboro PD can shed some light.
James September 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Paul - Not only are they keeping this dogs for an extended period of time, but they are also sending some of these dogs that have "issues" to a re-training school, doggy day care, brought to public events. Who pays the bills when a so called "gentle and loving" dog bites someone while at the Mall, LaSallette or in foster care? These dogs are known to bite, to be quick to turn on anyone and being quite unstable. I for one think that Attleboro should look into why so many pitbulls are in Attleboro and not in many other communities. All of the animals that are taken to the shelter are taken to the vet for testing, shots, and if they are sick, the medical expenses. How I wish someone had paid to have my dogs trained, were able to go to doggy day care while I work, or had someone pay for their year shots and medical conditions. They seek volunteers to work at their shelter. I don't think many people are willing to put themselves in a cage with a pitbull let alone take a chance to bring one home.They are a horrible breed and need to go and people need to stop being bleeding hearts. If they love these dogs so much and feel that they are very safe, let them take them home and let them pay for them and stop wasting the city money.
paul September 17, 2012 at 06:05 PM
James, I will admit, I got suckered in. I thought someones dog got picked up and then got dognapped from the shelter. Little did I know that dog belongs to every person that has paid taxes in Attleboro in the last 14 months. I guess the new million dollar shelter is not needed, Dozer has been living at the old shelter for 14 months and all the pitt bull lovers would never leave him in poor conditions, right?
Tracy September 17, 2012 at 06:38 PM
(Part 1) I find your comments about pit bulls highly offensive and even more so uneducated. You mentioned that pit bulls are “known to bite,” if you took the time to do any type of research and not just spew hatred towards these loving dogs, you would find that bite statistics are not accurate due to the high number of bites that go unreported. Most dog bite statistics also do not take into account the population of specific dog breeds. Pit bulls are one of the most commonly owned dogs currently, therefore bite statistics will never favor them unless you take populations into account. As for your comment about pit bulls being “unstable” and “quick to turn on anyone”, have you ever you ever taken the time to look at reports from the American Temperament Test Society? If you did, you would find that every year the American Pit Bull Terrier passes the test with a score of 86.8%. The Golden Retriever’s score? 85.2% Yes, you read that right, the pit bull scores better on the temperament test than the Golden Retriever every year.
Tracy September 17, 2012 at 06:39 PM
(Part 2) I would also like to bring to your attention that most people can not properly identify a pit bull. Technically, “pit bull” isn’t a breed but rather generic term to describe three breeds of dogs, the American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Staffordshire Bull Terrier. When the media sees a short stocky dog with a large head has made an attack, they automatically assume it is a pit bull. I recommend you look up what a Dogo Argentino looks like. My bet is you think it is a pit bull. Also, there are a high number of pit bulls in every community, not just Attleboro. And I can tell you right now why that is without having to have the city look into it. It is because of irresponsible dog owners who do not spay or neuter their pets. There’s the big answer to that mystery. There is absolutely no evidence to support that pit bulls are naturally aggressive towards humans. There is, however evidence that shows they are naturally aggressive to other animals. This doesn’t mean all pit bulls, and this doesn’t mean they are going to attack every animal they see. This means that pit bull owners must be RESPONSIBLE and PROACTIVE in their ownership. A pit bull owner must continually socialize their dog. Unfortunately, there are many irresponsible owners who train their dogs to fight. The pit bull is extremely loyal and even more eager to please which is why responsible ownership is so imperative to this breed.
Tracy September 17, 2012 at 06:39 PM
(Part 3) I genuinely hope you take the time to reevaluate your thoughts on this breed. I HIGHLY urge you to take a trip to the Attleboro Animal Shelter and visit with some of the pit bulls there. I also urge you to speak to some of the volunteers there because I’m sure they have even more information than I do. I’m also confident they can provide you with the financial breakdown of what they do so you don’t have to worry about wasting Attleboro’s money. You will find nothing but loved dogs and AMAZING people there.
Gretchen Robinson September 17, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I truly believe we should judge our society by how we treat the most helpless among us. I'll begin with children, the infirm, the elderly. And I would add animals. These animals didn't ask to be born. They had a home at one time but both in being born and being without a home involves adults who are irresponsible. So it's the irresponsible adults who you should be complaining about. That way you could be part of educating the public to their responsibilities. All you are doing here is grumbling and being negative. There's too much suspicion, resentment, and judgmentalism in the world already. Turn it around and look at these beautiful people who care for 'the least of these.' They are sentient creatures and deserve care. We as a culture try not to euthanize dogs and cats. Get with the times. There is a home out there for Dozer. These volunteers (aid I'm not one of them) are doing a wonderful, positive thing. And they are taking action to make the situation better. All the gripers here are doing is complaining.
deb of see-attleboro September 17, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Gretchen: Many believe the unborn should be considered among the most helpless among us. Many believe the unborn deserve more than animals. The unborn are BEGGING to be born. Maybe they did not ask to be conceived, but they were.
Gretchen Robinson September 17, 2012 at 08:18 PM
James September 17, 2012 at 08:21 PM
So Tracy - why don't you take that beast home with you? Why don't you take all the pit bulls home and pay for them. I for one would NEVER in a thousand years go to a shelter and ask them what they think about a pit bull. Of course the bleeding hearts are going to try and fill me with lies about how loving, docile and dedicated these dogs are. I for one would never put my well being on the line again and go near a pit bull. They are dangerous animals and more now as you stated that these dogs are naturally aggressive against other animals. Maybe that it why this shelter is harboring so many (one comment suggested 6-12). Again I say, why don't they take them home and stop with this whining about how these dogs are attacked by people like me. You can keep shouting from the roof tops about how great these dogs are but I don't hear from any of you telling others how great another breed is. By the way, did Dozer indeed rip apart that stuffed animal you guys were betting on? I am being responsible by not having one of these dogs nor supporting the efforts to keep them.
Gretchen Robinson September 17, 2012 at 08:50 PM
your views are harsh and inhumane, as well as ill informed. This is not reasonable, its hate.
Tracy September 17, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I am genuinely sorry that you had a negative experience with a pit bull. But I stand by the theory of punish the deed not the breed. If I could take home Dozer i would, along with every other pit bull in the shelter but that's just not possible. Why don't I tell people about how great other breeds are? Because the breed of dog I'm informed on is the pit bull. I suggest you spend less time being a hate monger and channel your negative thoughts towards the real problem- irresponsible owners
paul September 17, 2012 at 09:45 PM
People that are animal lovers sometimes go overboard with thier love and are blinded and not rational. You get people that try and save 100 cats in their house. I know several people that spent thousands on dog & cat operations only to end up putting them down after making them live their last few days in pain. Trying to save every person, country , cat & dog is why we are broke. I love dogs, except the pitt bull that bit me when I was a kid but not all should be saved. If Dozer was in Providence or Pawtucket it would have been put down 14 months ago. They can't all be saved unless they are on Pond Street. Pond Street is the section 8 housing for dogs. The headline on this story should read 'Stolen Dog Returns Home'.
deb of see-attleboro September 17, 2012 at 10:30 PM
paul: Sometimes I think the people who advocate for all the "Dozer's" of the world would elevate cat hoarders to sainthood.
Roxanne Houghton September 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I knew that given enough time - deb's real agenda would come through....
deb of see-attleboro September 17, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Oh the horror. Just answer my questions, Roxanne.
Gretchen Robinson September 17, 2012 at 11:04 PM
can we give up the insults?
paul September 17, 2012 at 11:57 PM
This is my last comment on this thread. Last month my teenager and I visited someone in an old folks home. We went on a Saturday during regular hours, the place is new but only a few empty beds remain. The senoirs all came to life when they saw us, we were the only visiters. Two old men had WW2 hats on and helped in keeping America free. Would we have any animal shelters in this country if not for them? It's very nice that people use their free time to go to the shelter and play with Dozer for over a year but don't forget the people that made that animal shelter possible.
Gretchen Robinson September 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Paul, it would be a poor world if we didn't take care of our elders. I worked with the elderly for 6 years. And I'm an animal lover. Animal volunteers are usually highly patriotic in my experience. I'm going to post a story I just got today about a man who got a dog from a shelter and then found out it had belonged to a soldier who died. Caring doesn't stop with just humans. Humans have big hearts.
Gretchen Robinson September 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM
the rest of the story can be found at Beauty for Ashes Ministries or Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter facebook page, where I posted it earlier today. "They told me the big black Lab's name was Reggie, as I looked at him lying in his pen. The shelter was clean, no-kill, and the people really friendly. I'd only been in the area for six months, but everywhere I went in the small college town, people were welcoming and open. Everyone waves when you pass them on the street. But something was still missing as I attempted to settle in to my new life here, and I thought a dog couldn't hurt. Give me someone to talk to. And I had just seen Reggie's advertisement on the local news. The shelter said they had received numerous calls right after, but they said the people who had come down to see him just didn't look like "Lab people," whatever that meant. They must've thought I did. But at first, I thought the shelter had misjudged me in giving me Reggie and his things, which consisted of a dog pad, bag of toys almost all of which were brand new tennis balls, his dishes and a sealed letter from his previous owner.....
Talk to the Paw September 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
PART 1: Welcome back Dozer, so happy to hear he was found and is now safe! I am honored to live in a city that cares for our homeless animals! It is so unfortunate that there are so many ignorant people who love to go on a rant about information they clearly have no business discussing! Really, I think people just like to see their name in print! If you cannot speak based on facts and education then don't speak at all! The facts are, Attleboro Animal Shelter and the volunteer group within the shelter add tremendous value to the city of Attleboro. When people make a choice to own a pet and fall short on that lifetime commitment, it is the people to blame not the animals!
Talk to the Paw September 18, 2012 at 04:01 PM
PART 2: No matter what breed of dog it is, a dog is a dog and capable of doing dog things. I don't care if it is a Poodle, a Great Dane, a Chihuahua or a Pit Bull type dog, they are all dogs and that is the bottom line. So all the people who want to rant and spew negativity get off your soap box and jump into reality. The Reality is Pit Bull type dogs are not “different” or “unique” in a way that makes them dangerous. No matter what kind of dog you have, understanding its breed is the first step toward being a good dog owner. By nature, pit bulls are intelligent, fun loving, and affectionate. Would the folks spewing ignorance be this alarmed if we were talking about a Golden Retriever, a Labrador, or some type of “Designer dog”? I would have to say “NO” you would all be praising the fact that the dog was found safe and healthy, because really that is the only thing that matters!
Gretchen Robinson September 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM
well said! I admire you volunteers SO much!! You are an inspiration. And yes, an up-to-date Animal Shelter is a necessary and important part of any community these days. It's not an either-or world. We can care for animals and humans. Humans and dogs co-evolved. Researcher say that puny humans would not have survived without dogs guarding the camps of early humans and protecting the children if they wandered. Cats ate mice that fed on human stores of food and prevented the illnesses that mice and rodents carry. The human-animal bond is life-giving and profound for many people. Don't dismiss it. Dogs are being used for PTSD vets and often the vet credits the dog for his recovery and even, in some cases, for saving the veteran's life! Vets report that the wouldn't commit suicide because they knew no one would love the dog like they do. So let's look beyond our noses and think about all that animals give to humans!
Steven Scott September 18, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Did anyone else see the story about the Pitbull that attacked the family in Woonsocket?
deb of see-attleboro September 18, 2012 at 09:28 PM
I did. Could have been worse. Good to know that Woonsocket is doing the responsible thing in this case.
Talk to the Paw September 18, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Here we go, let's throw out all the BS and lose focus on the story at hand. BOTTOM LINE: When any family adds any kind of pet no matter what type of breed or animal, a PROPER introduction is necessary. A proper meet and greet is necessary prior to adoption. A proper evaluation is necessary prior to an adoption. Just because the news used the word "Adopted" does NOT mean this dog came from a shelter! Once again if you want to rant about useless tid bits of information then start a personal blog so you can see your name in print and state your claim to fame! WELCOME BACK DOZER, SO GLAD YOU ARE NOW SAFE and so glad Attleboro Animal Shelter knows the animals like they do! Now I will head off to go snuggle with my Tail Wagging, Butt Wiggling, Tongue LIcking Pit Bull! (you know one of those nasty breeds)
Steven Scott September 19, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Sorry, did I step on your tail? No BS just asking if anyone saw the story, even if it were a “Designer dog” I would of asked,
Rob Machado September 19, 2012 at 02:36 PM
I'm all for humane treatment of strays of any breed but one convenient fact about dog bites is left out of the discussion. A bite from a lab or a golden is just not the same as a bite from a Pit bull. Other breeds bite and let go. Can you truthfully say the same about Pit Bulls?
Talk to the Paw September 20, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Oh Rob, let me guess you also are one of those folks who also think there is such a thing as a "Locking Jaw" right? Pleased to say you are wrong but that is neither here nor there, as it does not relate to anything in this article. Let's keep it simple, let's stay focused on the article at hand, WELCOME BACK DOZER, so glad Attleboro hustles for the animals in need! Attleboro cares for the animals in need and thankfully the volunteer group supplements many of the costs for the animals in need. People should get off the computer and stop by the shelter for a visit of some well mannered DOGS, because we must all remember to keep it simple and stick to the facts that no matter what the breed is, they are simply dogs. So let's zip the lips of ignorance and once again say WELCOME HOME DOZER!


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