Where’s Ace? Someone took a puppy for a walk from a Minn. animal shelter and never returned.
When a man asked to take a puppy for a walk at the Animal Humane Society in St. Paul, he didn’t just leave his ID behind — as required — but his whole wallet.
The wallet was duct-taped together and he explained he was afraid it would fall apart if had to rifle through it to get his identification out. But the man never came back with Ace, a 10-month-old pit bull-terrier mix.
Workers at the Animal Humane Society near Como Park opened up the wallet and found the ID belonged to someone else, and the man had taped his photo over the picture on it. They called police about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Police said Thursday that they continue to look for Ace and the man who stole him.
“It’s definitely not common, but it has happened in the past,” said Zach Nugent, Animal Humane Society spokesman.
The suspect in the case had been to the Animal Humane Society on Saturday and put a $25 adoption hold on Ace, which is good for 24 hours. If people come back in that time, the money goes toward the adoption fee. Otherwise, the money is considered a donation and the dog is back on the market for adoption, Nugent said.
Ace’s owner surrendered him to the Animal Humane Society on Jan. 13.
The suspect told Animal Humane Society staff that Ace originally belonged to his friend and he said he was upset his friend didn’t give him the dog, according to police.
On Wednesday, the man returned to the Animal Humane Society. He said he was still interested in Ace and asked to take him for a walk. But when he didn’t return within a normal amount of time, staff went to look for him and Ace, and then opened the wallet, Nugent said.
Ace is described as black and white, with a white stripe down the center of his nose; he is about 62 pounds. The Animal Humane Society did not release a photo of Ace. Nugent said that because the dog “doesn’t have unique, distinguishing features,” they wanted to prevent a case of mistaken identity.
“We have a lot of supporters and people whose hearts are in the right place, but I would hate for a Good Samaritan to see an owned animal and want to take action because they thought it was Ace,” Nugent said.
A description of the man who took him was not available from police. Anyone with information is asked to call St. Paul police at 651-291-1111.
Someone stole a dog from the Humane Society’s St. Paul office within the last year, and officials there re-established their policy then of getting someone’s ID if they want to take a dog for a walk, Nugent said. He said the agency reviews its policies when something like this occurs, though they value allowing people to bond with dogs by walking them.