Dozens of Dogs Go Missing in Idaho

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Dozens of dogs have seemingly disappeared over the past few months in the Magic Valley region of Idaho, according to USA Today, and authorities have no leads.

Almost 40 dogs have been reported missing since November. "The dogs seem to vanish into thin air," said Debbie Blackwood, director of the Twin Falls, Idaho, animal shelter.

Many of the dogs were plucked from yards or were not on leashes, but some weren't as accessible. Hannah Robinson, 19, has been missing her Chihuahua, Clio, since December. "All four of our dogs were in crates in the garage, and when we came back from church, he was gone," said Robinson.

Meanwhile, a ritualistically killed German Shepherd was found along the rim of nearby Snake River Canyon. The dog was apparently stoned to death and covered with a purple cloth. But no one has come forward to claim the dog, and police are not investigating because no reports have been filed. The Humane Society is offering $5,000 for more information.

It's unclear if the dead German Shepherd is connected in any way to the rash of missing dogs, but in any case, police can't do much when people don't go to them to report incidents. "We have been hearing and seeing a lot of things on Facebook, but we haven't had any missing dogs reports come through us," Lt. Dan Kennedy of the Jermone County sheriff's office told USA Today.

Lisa Kauffman, a Boise-based spokeswoman for the Humane Society of the United States, says the missing dogs may be part of any number of issues including, possibly, dog fighting, because although the missing dogs are of all different sizes and breeds, many of them are German Shepherds, Rottweilers and Pit Bulls.

However, John Goodwin, head of animal cruelty policy for the Humane Society, says that dog fighting is unlikely to be connected because those involved with the illegal practice breed and train dogs to fight, and would not tend to use just any dog they could find.

According to Amber Halsell of Twin Falls, who has been tracking the missing dogs since February, other breeds that have disappeared include Labrador Retrievers, Boxers, Schnauzers, a Maltese, a St. Bernard, a Pug, a Dachshund, a Great Dane and more.

The Twin Falls Animal Shelter posted this warning on Facebook: "In light of the recent missing dogs, we are wanting to remind everyone to keep their dogs contained as much as possible for a loose dog is a dog in danger."


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HI Viola

Some people like making sauages out of dogs, and some will even BBQ, and make jerkey out of dogs, and sell the fur and the meat product over the interne
When I use to live in Hawaii,many years ago, some people was cooking BBQ barking dogs,that kept them awake at night. Maybe thats where the lost dogs when too, strangers are stealing the dogs for meat and for there fur coats.

March 23 2013 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If more people in the country gave a damn about the laxity of dog-fighting laws in several states (not to mention inadequate enforcement of whatever does exist on the books) then we would have made progress and less thefts of dogs would occur.

March 23 2013 at 9:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael S. Moore

They should check into dogs being sold for medical experiments. You can reference the movie "Dealing Dogs" if you are unaware of this huge problem. Essentially, complete losers will steel someone's pet and then sell them by the pound to heartless scum brokers that then sell them to those that would use them for medical experiments. Once these dogs are stolen from their loving owners, they enter into a life of living hell, being tortured and neglected until the are tortured to death by doctors or scientist in the name of medical research! These animals go from a warm loving home to being treated like a commodity, without love, affection or even food and water! Dealing Dogs, watch it, if you can. I've only been able to watch 30 seconds of the film, and not even 30 seconds in a row!

March 23 2013 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I hope they find these people because after the animals they will be grabbing children and/or people unable to defend themselves.

March 23 2013 at 9:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

maybe there is a serial killer practicing killing and disposing of the bodies to start. The stoning incident may have been the first and sloppiest since the boey was found.Or mMaybe I watch too many cime shows...

March 23 2013 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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The latter is more likely. Almost always the simplest answer is the right one. It's getting harder to break into houses and garages for valuables to steal, but a dog left in a fenced yard or running loose is an easy few bucks. The article says specific breeds, which can be sold for more money. A Rolex watch or a Timex, what do you think a thief will bother with. Don't leave your pets unattended in your yard. Doggie doors may be convenient, but think about locking it with the dog inside when you go away.

March 23 2013 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I guess John Goodwin of the Humane Society is an idiot. Doesn't he know other breeds of dogs are used in dog fighting as bait to train the fighter dogs. What a horrible death this is for family pets.

March 23 2013 at 12:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hire a "Regulator".

March 22 2013 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa Hansbury

John Goodwin, the HS spokesman, is a moron!! All dog breeds are used by lowlifes as bait dogs for fighting. And whom ever would stone a dog to death deserves the same treatment. My sympathies to the families whose hearts are broken.

March 22 2013 at 11:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I knew of a guy who would steal dogs and store them in a big barn. He would watch for missing dogs with a reward on them, return the dog and collect the reward. He got busted and had a barn full of these "lost" dogs. Nothing ceases to amaze me.

March 22 2013 at 11:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Maybe they just go bored and moved to NYC

March 22 2013 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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