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Break-in at shelter being investigated

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mike Sorrels
* Help wanted to find dogs on the loose

Officials are investigating who allegedly broke the lock on the outside pen at the Clay County Humane Society, releasing 20 dogs.

"We arrived Tuesday morning to find the lock had been pried off the exterior fence surrounding 20 kennels placed around the outside of the building," Clay County Humane Society Shelter Director Mike Sorrels told The Brazil Times. "All the pens were open and the dogs were gone. Thankfully, we have located four of the dogs, but the others are still out there."

While shelter employees were looking for the missing dogs, Sorrels confirmed a neutered male cat, who lived at the shelter, was found dead under a nearby trailer. It is unclear if the two incidents are connected at this time.

According to Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, the incident took place sometime between 10 p.m., Monday, and when shelter employees arrived Tuesday morning at 9 a.m.

"This is a criminal mischief investigation right now," Heaton said. "There's no evidence at this time that anyone got inside the facility. It is also unclear what any other motives are possible in this case, but we will follow the evidence wherever it goes."

During the preliminary investigation, deputies determined someone attempted to cut the lock several times before finally prying it off the fence.

Mike Heaton
Sorrels said the kennels are not normally locked because of the security fence. However, this incident brings the matter of more security to the forefront.

"Installing a security camera system outside, like the one inside, has always been in our long-range plans," Sorrels said. "Hopefully, we can raise enough funds to do that now."

Sorrels said the shelter's website will have detailed information -- including pictures -- about all the missing animals posted today. The website is http://clayhumane.com.

"This has been a terrible incident," Sorrels said. "Some animals have been here a long time, and only know our employees, and this place as their home."

Being in unfamiliar surroundings, some of the dogs might be aggressive around strangers, which is why Sorrels urged people to use caution and report to authorities if they encounter one of the dogs instead of trying to catch them.

"Now, the objective is to get the animals back to the shelter," Sorrels said. "Hopefully, we can get the dogs back safely."

To contact the Clay County Humane Shelter, call 446-5126.

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That's so sad. What is the point in doing this? People are so stupid!

-- Posted by lilmomma on Wed, May 12, 2010, at 11:43 PM

How about people be responsible pet owners and spay and nueter all their pets so there won't be a need for shelters! If you want a pet, you have to take the responsibilities that go along with pet ownership! Shame on those who chose to let those dogs go! You were doing more harm than good to them!

-- Posted by millertime on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 7:55 AM

Millertime: Unfortunately there will always be irresponsible people in this world. I wonder if someone's roaming dog got turned in to the shelter and they didn't want to pay the fine to get it back??? I would eliminated the long time residents and see which dog[s] were new to the group. Makes one wonder if their irresponsible owners were the ones who did this.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 9:11 AM

Sorry, Jenny .. I have to disagree .. if ONE pet owner wanted his dog back without paying the fine .. they wouldn't have released 24 dogs into the general population.

Personally, I believe some of the PCs (perfect children) turned them loose for the H*ll of it with no regard or respect for things that don't belong to them. Happens every day.

I hope they get the security camera for outside and I hope that the brainiacs who did this start bragging about it to the wrong people. Let's see how 'funny' it is when they're prosecuted for this crime.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 11:53 AM

Prosecuted? Remember? Reberger was re-elected!

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 12:54 PM

Unforturatly this is just one of the many stupid things that we will see over the summer months. Parents do not supervise their kids like the old days. This is evidant with all the vandelizm that happens. I for one hate to see summer time roll around as well as the spring breaks from school for this reason and many others. I am ashamed of kids these days. Just look at them and they are the future of our country. I hope that they do catch the responsible people and dont just slap them on the wrist and let it go at that. It is time that we as a socity and legal system stand up and take back the control that the kids now think that they have.

-- Posted by klk_klo on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 12:59 PM


Reberger was selected during the primary to be a Republican candidate for prosecutor (Bob Pell lost) in the fall election against Democrat Charles Hear.

I'm sure you just overlooked this information, but when you speak without forethought you kind of ruin your credibility on an issue.

As for it being mischief makers, it probably was.

However, if you break in and steal one dog while leaving the others behind. That makes a trail straight to your door. You let all of them out, now the police are not sure who did what or for what reason.

And, if your dog comes home magically, you've created plausible denial.

Smart thinking considering some of the dumb criminal activity that goes on around this community.

-- Posted by Cy on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 1:12 PM

Who let the dogs out? Should be a song

-- Posted by Familyof6 on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 4:07 PM

tulie32 I am not saying that all parents are bad or dont care what is going on with their children but it is in the top 10. Yes I agree with your statement on daycare, ymca and so on. It is very much a materialistic world out there. There are some in these places due to the pact it is a need to be due to either a single parent house hold or a two parent house hold where bothe parents have to work. There is the other side of it as well as you pointed out. But there are just plain and simple bad people out there that just dont care and that is cleaning up the language. We of this town are paying the price over and over for the actions of the bad seeds and this is just one case. I pray that things will get better.

-- Posted by klk_klo on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 4:57 PM

Has anyone checked "the other shelter" to see if they have been picked up & taken there?

-- Posted by th1953 on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 6:56 PM

Cy: I stand corrected. I am still in shock over the election results.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 8:53 PM

May Jesus send his angels to protect and guide each dog back to the shelter, and then to a loving forever home!

-- Posted by Hopeful One on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 10:31 PM

sayitloud do you have to always say something bad or is it just your normal attitude. Do you even know them personalty and hate them or even been out there to their place or anything or are you just on the brink of slander. I just want to know. Oh and by the way i called out there and to the police station and they have had no calls of a bunch of dogs running the city after the so called dog being let out just sounds funny to me. If there was 20 dogs let out that night there would be a massive calls about dogs running in town.

-- Posted by oknow on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 9:13 AM

Whoever did this was concerned & passionate about letting the dogs run free instead of being gassed, but not passionate enough to take them into THEIR homes, and feed them & love them....figures.

But if this was just a case of random vandalism, then some people need to grow up.

-- Posted by IndiMa06 on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 1:22 PM

I'm almost ashamed to post this, but I have to disagree (gasp) with CY ..

If you let one dog out and take it home (or it makes it way there), the shelter isn't going to know WHOSE dog it is .. so they wouldn't know you let it out.

I have to say, however, that I didn't think like a criminal earlier - for obvious reasons (lol) - and didn't think about turning more than your dog loose just to "throw police off your scent" (pun intended) .. that is pretty ingenious, even for Brazil. ; )

-- Posted by Emmes on Fri, May 14, 2010, at 1:52 PM

Maybe a "Tramp" let his "Lady" out and all the other just followed.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Sat, May 15, 2010, at 3:54 PM

In common law jurisdictions, slander refers to a malicious, false and defamatory spoken statement or report, while libel refers to any other form of communication such as written words or images. Most jurisdictions allow legal actions, civil and/or criminal, to deter various kinds of defamation and retaliate against groundless criticism. Related to defamation is public disclosure of private facts, which arises where one person reveals information that is not of public concern, and the release of which would offend a reasonable person. "Unlike [with] libel, truth is not a defense for invasion of privacy."[2]. When you talk about or say things to or about a person or company you do not know nothing about like your comment about crystal. You do not know her or her rescue and if you have it is still slander unless it is the truth and no one in Brazil knows anything about them but they have the contract for the animals in there,

-- Posted by oknow on Tue, May 18, 2010, at 3:59 PM

if their dogs are found in our city, are they going to come pick them up, or are they going to have crystal be responsible for them?

-- Posted by sayitloud on Thu, May 13, 2010, at 8:24 PM

-- Posted by oknow on Tue, May 18, 2010, at 3:59 PM

if you are saying that the animal that got out should not be her problem then ok but the way it is said make a person think you are saying the wrong thing.

-- Posted by oknow on Tue, May 18, 2010, at 4:01 PM

So .. apology accepted? ; ) Sorry, SAYITLOUD, I had to. *smile

-- Posted by Emmes on Wed, May 19, 2010, at 11:13 AM

Please Accept my Apology Sayitloud i misunderstood.

-- Posted by oknow on Thu, May 20, 2010, at 9:15 AM

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