Inmates questioned about pit bull missing from animal shelter

UPDATE: Blue was found unharmed and has been reunited with his owner.

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — “Come here, Blue Boy. Come here, Blue!”

George Johnson walked around his West Memphis community on Tuesday yelling at the top of his lungs for his dog, Blue, to come back home.

“It had kind of started lightning or thundering,” Johnson said.

The blue razor pit bull, a breed valued around $3,000, ran away during Saturday night’s storm.

“I started looking for him because I know that he was scared,” Johnson recalled. “He looks for places to hide.”

Blue was found by a police officer and taken to the West Memphis Animal Shelter.

“I asked them if they found a blue pit and the lady says yes,” Johnson said.

However, the dog owner’s relieved feeling quickly turned sour.

“We walk over to the kennel and he’s not there,” Johnson said. “They say he may have gotten out.  So immediately I’m saying, maybe he did.”

Animal Shelter Director Kerry Sneed said she checked the gate Saturday night and locked it herself.

“I did not see any indication that he had…that the kennel was compromised,” Sneed said.  “Everything was still intact.”

Sneed told WREG it would have been clear if the dog got out on his own.

Several people who work at the shelter are inmates at the county jail or working off community service hours.

WREG asked Sneed if the dog was stolen.

She responded, “It’s a true mystery.  I can’t say one way or the other. Honestly.”

For several hours Sunday morning, Sneed said there was a window of opportunity for people on the property to steal the dog.

“So I’ll certainly be talking at length with each and every one that came on the property Sunday morning,” she vowed.

“It’s very fishy,” Sneed told WREG.

“The dog just doesn’t get out of a locked cage, covered, and I can’t get any answers,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he needs answers to be reunited with his best friend Blue.

If you have information about Blue or his whereabouts, contact the owner at this email address: rjhealthfirst@yahoo.com.

14 comments

  • Marcie

    Thank you so much for your coverage of this missing dog. I know his family and he is very loved. We are praying for the return of their beloved pet and for those responsible for his disappearance to be caught. Someone somewhere knows what happened to Blue!

  • whoyoukiddin

    They will never see this dog again. This is just like what happened at the Memphis Pound where they stole the persons dog and he has never been found.

  • Tyrone Quaderious E'ntre Jenkins

    that dog is gone.. those thugs will never give up which homies he sold the dog to

  • Cole MacDowell

    Sorry, I didn’t make myself clear. I am curious how the dog escaped from the owners property?

  • sue

    Why was this beloved dog left outside during a storm in the first place? Especially if he is scared of storms?!! I don’t understand the concept of keeping pets locked outside~if you love a pet keep it indoors where he is safe!

    • Kirk Weaver

      A pit bull isn’t a pet you keep holed up in the house all the time. I’m not big on people owning pit bulls to start with but they need space to run around and do dog things.

  • Ellen

    The director of the shelter needs to be suspended and any paid employees, as well, until Blue is located. The prisoners working there could be put in solitary confinement until one of them speaks up. This pussy-footing around is ridiculous. Prisoners work at the shelter, of course they have surveillance! Let’s see it! And act on it! And get Blue back.

  • Low Profile

    Every municipality should get the criminals out of their animal shelters anyway. As criminals, they obviously have no respect for other people. Do they really expect them to “care” for animals… or anything else other than themselves?

  • E Turner

    Blue was returned a couple of hours ago. He has been reunited with his family. Please update the story!

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