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30 January 2000 Issue

Pet Theft in Michigan and Indiana
Source: KLinJoy@aol.com

In Defense of Animals (IDA) is issuing a warning to families with companion animals, living in the states of Michigan and Indiana. On January 3rd, Wendy Fox discovered that her much loved Golden Retriever was missing. Wendy later received information from two eye witnesses that a white van with "Animal Management" written on both sides of the vehicle was seen driving slowly the day before her dog disappeared. One eye witness saw two women in a vehicle matching this description, trying to lure her neighbor's dog into the van. After receiving this report, Wendy began calling all of the area animal control facilities, humane societies and local officials. To her surprise, none had the words "Animal Management" written on their trucks and no one could tell her the identity of the two people driving these vehicles! Two vehicles have been seen with "Animal Management" written on the sides, one is a white truck with dog compartments and the other is the white van. In Defense of Animals was contacted through our 1-800-STOLEN-PET hot line last week. It was at that time, that we learned that every community surrounding Kalamazoo, Michigan has been victimized by these heartless thieves. We approximate, as reports come in that as many as 60 dogs, many large purebreds, have been stolen from their homes, some even out of their fenced in yards. It is believed that the dogs have been stolen by laboratory suppliers and will be resold, perhaps in another state. In an updated report from Michigan, another dog was stolen last Wednesday, which leads us to believe the thieves are still in the area despite a flurry of news reports in the printed media and TV news.

In Defense of Animals is offering a reward of $2500 and the families of the stolen animals have contributed to the reward fund. As of now the fund is $3000.

If you have any information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible or if you have any knowledge of a company that operates and owns vehicles matching the above mentioned description, please call 1-800-STOLEN-PET (1-800-786-5367).

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