Crap. It didn't work. It is an article called "Dogs Disappear Around Star Valley" from September 20, 2007. It's from the Casper Star Tribune (Wyoming). I'll try to post that link again. Scary stuff. Don't let your dog/dogs out of your sight, no matter where you live!
By WHITNEY ROYSTER
Star-Tribune staff writer Thursday, September 20, 2007
JACKSON -- A rash of dog disappearances has dog owners on alert in northwest Wyoming, particularly in Lincoln County.
Mary Ann Ahrens with the Animal Humane Association of Star Valley said there have been between 12 and 14 dogs taken from cars and yards from Smoot to Alpine since early August. All the dogs are Labrador retrievers.
"It's getting bad," Ahrens said. "These dogs are just disappearing."
On Aug. 10, a family was visiting Alpine from Nebraska and brought their 5-month-old black Lab puppy, Izzy. While eating in a Mexican restaurant at the junction of Alpine and the Snake River Canyon, a worker at the restaurant saw a young man smash a window of the car, take the dog and run away, Ahrens said.
The last case was last week at the same restaurant, Ahrens said. Other dogs have been taken out of the back of pickup trucks, from inside cars, from yards, and in one case, from a cable in the Snake River Canyon.
Ahrens said she doesn't know why Labs are being targeted. In one instance, there were two dogs in a yard -- a Lab and a border collie -- and only the Lab was taken.
She said she doesn't think the animals are taken for hunting, as older dogs and puppies are being stolen.
Some have speculated the dogs are being taken to be used as "bait" in dogfighting rings. In late August, an alleged dogfighting ring was busted in Malad, Idaho, about 50 miles south of Idaho Falls.
Ahrens said this might make sense, as Labs are friendly and will "go with anybody."
She said there is speculation the dogs are being used by methamphetamine dealers, who will shoot the dogs up with meth and if the dogs die, they know it's not a "good" batch. That is just hearsay, Ahrens said.
Teton County sheriff's Capt. Jim Whalen said he has heard about the thefts, but has not heard of any occurring in Teton County. He said his department is not doing anything specifically to address the possibility of dog thefts, and the media attention the issue has received "has been sufficient for people to be watchful of their pets."
Alpine Police Chief James Phillips said he, too, has heard of the cases but does not have any reports in his office.
Lincoln County Sheriff Shane Johnson did not return repeated calls for comment this week.
Ahrens said people should be vigilant about watching their pets.
"There's a reason they're taking these dogs," she said. "I'm trying to get the word out there to watch your dogs. A lot of people just leave them in the back of the truck."
One victim left his dog tied to a tree in the Snake River Canyon while he kayaked down the river, and when he came back, the dog was gone.
Rewards have been offered for several of the missing dogs.
Wyoming and Idaho are the only two states in the country where dogfighting is not a felony.
A dogfighting conviction in Idaho can carry a penalty of up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. In Wyoming, punishment can be up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.