Officials: Missing Dog Was Dyed to Deceive
Article from ABC News:
SAN JACINTO, Calif. — Dec 20, 2014, 5:35 PM ET
Coco, a reddish-brown pit bull with white markings, went missing from her Southern California home on Thanksgiving. Nearly a month later, she was found and reunited with her owners ? but she was a different color.
Riverside County animal services officials made the match when they scanned a stray, black dog for an implanted microchip and found she was listed as an 8-month-old reddish-brown pit bull adopted in October from a San Jacinto shelter, the Press-Enterprise reported ( http://bit.ly/1JxnzqH ).
Officials believe Coco was stolen and dyed in an act of deception to make it harder for owners Christopher Ingrassi and Heather Lowry to find her, said Riverside County Field and Shelter Deputy Director Frank Corvino. Officials believe the dog escaped from the thief’s property.
“The dye job is not very good,” Corvino said in a statement. “But it would work if someone’s looking for their missing, reddish-brown dog.”
Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said Coco shouldn’t suffer any…………………continues on ABC News
A New Look to Dye For! Stolen IE Dog Is Reunited With Owner… But Is a …
Article from NBC Southern California:
An Inland Empire dog owner has been reunited with her stolen pooch… but it is a completely different color. (Published Saturday, Dec 20, 2014)
Saturday, Dec 20, 2014 • Updated at 10:23 AM PST
An Inland Empire, Southern California, dog owner has been reunited with her stolen pooch — but the dog is now a completely different color.
Heather Lowery was overjoyed when she discovered her missing mutt had been identified via a microchip after being found wandering the streets by animal control workers.
However she had to do a double take when she went to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus Thursday, because her once-blond pit bull puppy Cocoa had been dyed a distinct shade of coal by t…………………continues on NBC Southern California