November 30, 2021

Dexter family’s dog, 14, taken from shelter without consent

DEXTER – After a day of fun at the Piscataquis Valley Fair on Sunday, five local children returned home only to find that someone had taken their 14-year-old dog, Rocket.

Ione Wilson, who operates an animal shelter on her property, said her family put Rocket, a deaf female cocker spaniel with heart trouble, in the shelter before they left for the fair.

The shelter, which was cooler than the family’s mobile home, was closed for the day but was not locked, she said.

When the family returned home and went to let out the dog, it was nowhere to be found.

Instead, they found a note that said the dog had been adopted. The note was signed “Leah.” The woman also left $45 in cash behind for the adoption fee.

“The children are heartbroken,” Wilson said. “These children are between the ages of 4 and 15 years old, and they’ve all grown up with the dog.”

Tammy Wilson, 4, especially misses the dog because Rocket slept with her.

No one has ever gone into the shelter and taken an animal without someone in the family approving the adoption, Wilson said, shocked that someone would do so.

Wilson hopes that the person who took the dog will return it once she understands the dog is missed terribly by a family who adored it.

Anyone with information about Leah or the dog should contact Wilson at 924-7312 or 924-0137.

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