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Bandit Burglarized

In West Seattle, WA a burglar broke into a house and when the owner came homeshe foundher two pugs gone. The only things missing were...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Aug 22nd 2008


In West Seattle, WA a burglar broke into a house and when the owner came homeshe foundher two pugs gone. The only things missing were two men’s rings and her pugs, 6-year-old male named Bandit, who is blind, and a 4-year-old female named Pippin.

Barney Lubetkin’s wife, Marsha, reported her dogs missing Monday after she returned home from work to find a screen from an open window had been bent and tossed on the deck and her drawers and jewelry box had been emptied.

Police told Marsha Lubetkin the dogs might have gotten out of the house during the burglary, but she thought they were stolen because the blind one couldn’t have gone far, she said, and nobody in the neighborhood had seen them.

What a horrible feeling to come home to find your house broken into and your beloved dogs gone. The Lubetkin’s spent weeks putting up flyers, posting on blogs, searching the surrounding neighborhoods, and following up on leads from callers. All to no avail, the dogs could not be found. On Thursday all this changed when they recevied a phone call from the King County Animal Shelter in Kent.

The dogs were dropped offat the King County Shelter wherethey were identified by microchips embedded under their skin. Shelter workers told owner Barney Lubetkin that an unidentified woman had brought in the dogs, saying someone put them in her yard. She then quickly left.

The shelter where the dogs were dropped off was 15 miles from the Lubetkin’s home. A rather long distance for a blind dog to travel. The shelter took the license plate of the woman who dropped off Bandit and Pippin but have no further information on her. Marsha Lubetkin said she would pay the $1000 reward offered if she is found, and is indeed a good samaritan. I’m just happy that her dogs are home safe and sound.