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Dog Awaiting Surgery Is Abducted from Shelter

by Katherine

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On Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, Daisy Mae, a two-year-old black and white pit bull mix under the care of the East Bay SPCA was out on a walk when she was stolen right off her¬†handler’s hands. The female dog, who suffers from a mass, was scheduled to have surgery later this week, but now rescuers fear her life is in danger not only for medical reasons but also because the dog snatcher might use her for illegal dog fights.

Daisy Mae. Photo credit: East Bay SPCA
Daisy Mae. Photo credit: East Bay SPCA


It was around 10:50 a.m. when Daisy Mae and a shelter volunteer went out for a walk around the SPCA’s Oakland campus. A man believed to be in his 30s wearing a blue shirt and blue and white track pants approached the dog handler. After a short conversation about Daisy Mae, the unidentified man appeared to be leaving but suddenly grabbed the dog and took off running. The thief left the area in a brownish gray sedan.

East Bay SPCA President Allison Lindquist told SF Gate the stolen dog arrived at the shelter as a stray last November. She has very distinctive markings, like the white patch on her neck that extends to her muzzle all the way to her forehead and back of the head. The white marking on her face resembles a one-shouldered evening gown.


Daisy Mae. Photo credit: East Bay SPCA
Daisy Mae. Photo credit: East Bay SPCA

Shelter volunteers say Daisy Mae can be reactive to other dogs and that is why they are very worried for her safety.

“[We] would appreciate any tips if anyone has seen her,” Lindquist said.

Anyone with information can call (510) 563-4603.