A San Luis Obispo Country golden retriever was returned to her family after a whirlwind adventure involving sheriff’s deputies, a dognapping and a lot of community help.
When Steven Allen left town with his family last week, he never expected his dog to go missing, let alone be stolen.
But on Friday night, after Allen’s father-in-law checked up on Allen’s dog Blossom, she somehow got out of the house.
Allen told The Tribune that Blossom was quickly found by a person who lived across the street, but because the dog didn’t have a collar, the person made a Facebook post about the missing dog and called San Luis Obispo County Animal Services.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Grace Norris told The Tribune that deputies picked up Blossom and secured her in an overnight kennel at the county Animal Services shelter around 5 a.m.
However, when Allen called Animal Services on Saturday after seeing the Facebook post, Blossom was nowhere to be found.
“They said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you but I have all the paperwork for your dog,’ ” Allen said. “’And she’s not here.’ ”
Norris said when Animal Services arrived in the morning, they found someone had broken into the kennel and stolen Blossom, which they confirmed through security camera footage.
“The outdoor kennel where she was secured in had been cut open and she had been taken from there,” Norris said. “Just over two hours from the time she was dropped off.”
Sheriff’s deputies searched the area and talked to people nearby, but they couldn’t initially locate Blossom, Norris said. Things changed when that night, someone called the Sheriff’s Office saying they