19-year-old charged with stealing puppy from Durham animal shelter

DURHAM, NC (WNCN) — A 19-year-old man was charged with stealing a puppy from a Durham animal shelter last week, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office announced.

The Animal Protection Society of Durham said a 7-week-old German Shephard-Boxer mix was removed from the animal shelter around 5pm on February 16.

A missing animal report has been filed and distributed to area shelters, rescue organizations and veterinary clinics within a 25 mile radius.

Animal welfare workers were concerned about the pup’s health.

Elijah Whitaker (County Durham Sheriff’s Office)

“She is also very fragile. She is so tiny. She was just sterilized two days ago. She should take painkillers that she didn’t take. We are very worried that she is taken, that she is not getting the care she needs and that we don’t know why anyone would take her,” said Shafonda Allen, executive director of the Animal Protection Society of Durham. .

On Friday, the sheriff’s office released photos of the pup and the suspect(s). On Friday night, Elijah Whitaker went to the sheriff’s office and gave them the puppy and turned himself in, officials said.

Whitaker was charged with dog theft and released on unsecured bail, according to the sheriff’s office.

The dog “is now safe and sound with his remaining littermates at the shelter, for adoption today,” Darlene Fiscus, the shelter’s director of development and marketing, wrote on Saturday.

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