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Dognapped pup returned home after giving birth

March 7, 2008

Bainbridge-- Rosemary Powell couldn't be happier to have her dog Prissy, a full bred Lhasa Apso, back at home.  "She's like my baby. She goes everywhere I go. When I go on a trip I usually take her with me. This last time, I went to Fort Walton beach, I didn't take her with me," says Powell.

While visiting relatives during Thanksgiving, she asked some friends to take care of Prissy. One morning, they let her out in the yard and when they checked on her a few minutes later they say she was gone.  "They said they looked everywhere for her and when I got back that's the news I got, my puppy was gone," Powell recollects.   Over 3 months, Powell never gave up hope. She says,  "I would sit here in the chair, and I would look out the window, and I'd think well maybe one day she'll come back. And I'd do that just about everyday."

Then, just last Tuesday- she did. But Prissy wasn't in the best condition. Her personality became skittish, her matted hair had to be shaved off and she'd apparently had puppies for the first time.  "I took her to the vet as soon as he opened the next morning which was Wednesday. And Dr. Bailey took her right in and said she's definitely had puppies," says Powell.  The vet not only confirmed she'd had puppies but that she'd nursed on Tuesday, just hours before she came home.

Powell says Lhasa Apsos are valued at around $500 dollars, and Prissy had between 6 and 8 puppies.  "I think that was the purpose of somebody doing this, soley for money," says Powell.  The vet prescribed Prissy pain pills and antibiotics, along with some TLC which Powell will provide until Prissy fully recovers.  She says, "I hope whoever did this will pay for it. Let them pay for the vet bills, let them pay for the pain and suffering that she's gone through." And while she's happy to have her back, she won't be satisfied until she has answers.

Pet advocates estimate that as many as two million pets per year are stolen.




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