Update: The pit bull terrier, Dozer, stolen from the Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter has been returned safe and sound.
Police are calling this a criminal investigation and said the person responsible could face several charges.
Thieves broke into a local animal shelter overnight Friday and stole a 50 pound dog. Police are trying to figure out why him.
Pit bull terrier, Dozer, wasn't barking along with the other dogs at the Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter, Saturday. His kennel was empty.
"It's not the average, everyday person that cuts a barbed wire fence, hops a barbed wire fence into a shelter and steals an animal that's here," said shelter president Kim Penque, "Just because they're shelter dogs doesn't mean that they're not cared for."
Dozer called the shelter home for the past 14 months, but last night he was the one grabbed out of his cage and no one knows why.
Penque said the thief walked by several other dogs to get to three year old Dozer.
"I don't know why someone would do something like this. Dozer is an amazing dog," said Penque, "He loves people, loves life. He's our quietest dog in the shelter."
But Animal Control Officer Butch Keefer is fearing the worst. Gentle giant, Dozer, doesn't get along with other dogs.
Not only that, but another shelter dog got away a couple years ago, and volunteers said he ended up getting killed by Providence animal control.
"It's bringing back a lot of emotions in us and plain and simple, the animals in our shelter get everything they need from us," said Penque, "We treat them like family, so we take it very personal when something's wrong or one goes missing."
So dozens put up flyers all over Attleboro and posted messages on Facebook. Right now, there's a 1500 dollar reward for Dozer's safe return home.
Animal control officers said a similar incident happened five years ago, so now they're ordering more locks to safeguard the dogs.
As for a suspect in this case, police are still looking over surveillance video.
If you want to help, call Attleboro Police or the shelter at 508-761-5617.