Dog stolen from Campbell County Animal Shelter safely returned, ready to start medical treatment, authorities say

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As of Thursday, Sept. 17, authorities say"Boomer," a German Shepherd in need of medical treatment who was stolen from the Campbell County Animal Shelter on Friday, Sept. 11, has been safely returned to his caretakers. (Photo: Courtesy Campbell County Sheriff's Office)

As of Thursday, Sept. 17, authorities say”Boomer,” a German Shepherd in need of medical treatment who was stolen from the Campbell County Animal Shelter on Friday, Sept. 11, has been safely returned to his caretakers. (Photo: Courtesy Campbell County Sheriff’s Office)

RUSTBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Almost a week after four dogs were taken from a Rustburg animal shelter, Campbell County authorities announced Thursday afternoon the last of the stolen canines had been tracked down and is ready to start his medical treatment.

Authorities say all four of these stolen dogs have been located as of 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17. (Photo: Courtesy Campbell County Sheriff’s Office)

At 10:35 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11, authorities say “Boomer” — a German Shepherd who needs medical treatment for illnesses associated with heartworm — was stolen from the Campbell County Animal Shelter by two people.

Then, at 4:34 a.m., the same two people returned and stole three other canines, the sheriff’s office says.

Authorities say they have identified the individuals photographed above in connection with the theft of four dogs from the Campbell County Animal Shelter as of 9:14 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 14. (Photo: Courtesy Campbell County Sheriff’s Office)

The sheriff’s office announced at 7:14 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, that “Zone” — a shy beagle who had been stolen — had been tracked down and returned to the shelter. This update came after two other dogs were found on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Fortunately, as of 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17, Boomer has been located and safely returned to his caregivers, which means he will be able to begin his treatment for heartworm disease.

On behalf of the sheriff’s office and the Friends of Campbell County Animal Control, Campbell County Sheriff Whit Clark thanked the members of the community for their assistance in tracking down Boomer.

“Our sincere thanks to the citizens of our locality for all you have done to lead to the identification, and apprehension of those involved, as well as the safe return of these kind animals,” the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office stated in Thursday afternoon’s Facebook update.

The Friends of Campbell County Animal Control says a family spotted the German Shepherd in their yard, where they allowed animal control to set a humane trap so they could safely retrieve the dog.

“Amazingly, he was dry, as the trap had been covered, and his only issue that we can see is that he is hungry!” the Friends of Campbell County Animal Control wrote on Facebook Thursday. “He has a few scrapes on his feet but they are well deserved!”

WFXR News has reached out to Campbell County officials to inquire about the identity of these individuals, as well as the charges they face with regard to the stolen dogs.

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