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5/17/2012 9:50:00 PM
Police seek suspects who broke into YHS and released dogs

Prescott police seek suspects who broke into the Yavapai Humane Society on Wednesday night and let several dogs loose from the animal shelter.

"Someone left the doors open so the animals could get free," said Ed Boks, executive director of Yavapai Humane Society. "The Yavapai County Sheriff's Department and the Prescott Police Department have developed leads they're following up on. We don't have much information we can release because it is an ongoing investigation, but it appears to be malicious in intent."

Of the 12 dogs that got loose, four remained at large on Thursday morning, and the rest were recovered Wednesday night, said Prescott Animal Control Supervisor Shannon Gray.

"We were fortunate that no animals were harmed, especially since we're near such a busy road," Boks said. "The dogs that are back are doing well, and a lot of the animals stayed on our property. You can imagine how scary it is for these animals and how relieved they were to see people and get back in their kennels."

Boks said he is concerned about a dog that remains missing because it was injured before the break-in.

"A cab driver called us and said she found the animal, but was hesitant to bring him back," Boks said. "We're putting out a special plea to her to bring the dog back so he can get the care he needs."

Yavapai Humane Society is increasing security in response to the break-in. "We're changing our lock codes and putting in security cameras so this will not happen again," Boks said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Article comment by: Robin Holmes

The Yavapai County Humane Society has a 95% live release rate. They are NOT in the business of killing animals, but finding homes for animals. Key words here: "Humane Society". Sadly, alot of so called "shelters" do have high kill rates. That is NOT the case here.
How do I know? I volunteer my time at the shelter and personally see the care and love all of the animals get. If an animal has to be euthanized, it is only with good reason, sad as it is. Some animals are just not adoptable due to injury, illness, or temperment. They have placed / adopted out over 1000 animals this year thus far. If anyone is interested, don't just believe what I tell you in this short message, please check the Yavapai Humane Society website. You will be amazed at the work they do there. I am very happy to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. If you wish, they are always looking for volunteers to help out. I looked into it, and I became a volunteer. glad I did.

Posted: Monday, May 21, 2012
Article comment by: Prescott,az Native

TO WHOEVER DID THIS DID A AWESOME DEED FOR THE WHOLE COMMUINTY!!!! Way to go the dogs are now saved that got away.

Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2012
Article comment by: heather anderson

The dog that the taxi driver took is a female not male and it is my dog I am so worried bout her she got lost On mingus mountain I clld around to find her. I was told that she was there and then I get a call from PD saying that she is gone. I really want to get her the care she needs. PLEASE IF YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE PAPER.

Posted: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Article comment by: deductive reasoning

Just to be clear, they are in all likelihood going to kill the dogs if they get them back, right?

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: Lucinda T.

How sad. Society is full of people who are seemingly full of nothing but hate.

What goes around comes around.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Ah, there you are whoever you are.

Dissemination in a search can be both a hazard and a blessing. By giving a more defined description actionable reports can be prompted. Though the viability of these reports can be suspect it is often preferable to providing generalities when asking for a community response.

Read a study on stand-up urinals. It is true, providing a target works on many levels.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: The Ref

Um, The Rev, wouldn't it be appropriate to notify the Humane Society of ANY loose dogs?? So, you'll keep an eye out for these four, but neglect any other strays you see?

You should stick to your statistical studies of exactly how many police officers wave at you...that seems llike an appropriate use of your time.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

Ed would you post a description of the four? It might help if for tracking purposes alone.

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: Animal Lover

Ignorance, pure ignorance! People who have the ideals that animals are better off fending for themselves in the unsafe environment Prescott has to offer strays are complete ...!
What many people do not understand is that the Yavapai Humane Society is one of the best shelters in the state with the lowest euthanasia rate in the state!!
Now these poor lost babies are hot/cold, alone, hungry and thirsty and probably in pain as one released had an injury.
Activist fools: research your "cause" before you act to make sure you are doing more harm than good!!
Thanks for all you do YHS!!! I'm a proud supporter and always will be!

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: joanne dwyer

I just do not understand people! What is wrong with the mentallity of these people that let these poor dogs out! Do they think it is better for them to be free to starve to death, get hit by a car and suffer or worse. I guess myself being an animal lover I just don't understand their sick way of thinking! Sick Sick Sick

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2012
Article comment by: Ruff Ruff Ruff

Who let the dogs out??? :)

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