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On Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at approximately 1845 hrs. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two dogs left beside the roadway in Vari-Kennels in the area of Dows Prairie Road and Blake Road in Mckinleyville. A deputy responded and located the dogs, a neutered 8 year old Yellow Labrador Retriever mix, and a spayed 3 year old black and white Heeler mix, in the care of a passing motorist who had noticed them. The Yellow Retriever was wearing a collar but no tags and there was no identifying information on either of the Vari-Kennels.
The dogs were taken to the Sheriff’s Office Animal Shelter where they were evaluated by shelter staff. Both appear to be in good health. Shelter staff recalls seeing a posting on Craigslist within the past week where someone was trying to re-home two dogs that closely match the descriptions of the abandoned dogs, however the posting has been removed.
Abandonment of an animal is a crime. The Sheriff’s Office is seeking information that would assist in identifying the owner(s) of these dogs. Anyone with information is asked to call Animal Control Officer Nims at 707 445-7251, or the Sheriff’s Crime Tip Line, 707 268-2539.