Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — NIAGARA FALLS — The SPCA of Niagara has recovered it’s kidnapped bulldog and the prime suspect in the case is jailed on unrelated charges.
SPCA officials said the received a tip Wednesday afternoon that the missing dog was “sitting in front of a home on 17th Street in Niagara Falls. When rescue workers responded, they found the dog and regained custody of him.
The discovery of the missing dog came abut 24 hours after the prime suspect in the dognapping was arrested after a shoplifting incident at a store in the 1500 block of Military Road. The suspect had three cans of paint, a brush, a roller, doughnuts, socks, foot cream, Gatorade, a bike lock, five pairs of women’s panties, mens briefs and a 30 pack of Coors Light beer in his possession when he was stopped by store security officers.
He was charged with petit larceny in the shoplifting case and investigators from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office will now look into charging in the kidnapping of the dog.
Falls Police had spent more than a week trying to try to track down the bulldog. Officers went to multiple locations in the city in a search for the animal.
The hunt ranged from Walnut Avenue to 15th Street and Weston Avenue to the 700 block of 19th Street. In one case, a witness told officers they were sure the dog was in a nearby house, but the resident of the home denied it.
The white American bulldog, known as King, was discovered missing after an apparent break-in at the shelter. Investigators believe the dognapping occurred between 8 p.m. Aug. 19 and 8 a.m. Aug. 20.
SPCA officials believe the break-in was tied to a Falls man who was staying at a 15th Street home where the dog was seized.
“The man who had the dog had been arrested for squatting in the home,” SPCA Shelter Director Amy Lewis said.