Dog Stolen from Sexual Assault Survivor’s Group Returned

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Therapy dogs are more common place today than ever.  They are used to help ease the pain and provide a bit of loving comfort to trauma survivors of all types, and that is exactly why the folks at Standing Together Against Rape (STAR) keep pets around the office.  According to Keeley Olson they are key parts of many people’s lives.

“It can help people open a lot,” said Olson.  “They don’t need to feel so defensive or constrained because of that unconditional love that a pet can offer.”

Rory is a four-month-old Bernese mountain dog, and is the most recent addition to the STAR staff.  According to Samantha (whom asked that her last name be kept private) a staff advocate, Rory was full of life and as playful as it gets.

“Her ears are huge for her body, her paws are huge for her body,” Samantha said of Rory.  “She can also be calm and caring, which is so important.  That’s one of the reasons why we felt she would make such a good therapy dog.”

When Samantha left Rory in her vehicle on Tuesday afternoon, she was only in the STAR’s offices for a short time.  When she returned to her car, Rory was no longer in it, and was nowhere in the immediate area.  Someone had taken her.

Apparently, someone had gotten in to Samantha’s vehicle through the windows that were left open.  An employee recalled seeing an older, gray, four-door car in the area at the time containing two men and two women.

Whatever actually happened, the police were called right away.  A reward for information leading to the dogs return was also collected via donations.  Yesterday, around 3 in the afternoon, STAR got the help it was looking for.

Olson said that a man called after he found a dog that looked like the description of Rory running alone around Lake Hood.  Samantha met the caller at a grocery store just minutes later to check and see if it was Rory.  Even though her tags had been removed, Samantha recognized Rory immediately.

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9 thoughts on “Dog Stolen from Sexual Assault Survivor’s Group Returned”

  1. Bernese mountain Dogs have very thick coats too and have gentle temperament, even as puppies…. there was ABSOLUTELY no reason to leave it in the car.
    They are lucky they got this pup back.
    Makes me upset that they want to train as a therapy dog and yet leave it in the car. Training starts early and desensitization training could have been started if she wasn’t left in the car.
    They better have learned their lesson.

  2. While I appreciate the concern and fear that could be seen as correct given this incident ultimately turned out badly, dogs have lots of reasons to be left in a car, especially if they get to travel and should be used to it. If a dog is to be a versatile companion, they need to be acclimated to all sorts of outcomes and be comfortable that way. I, personally, take my dogs to daycare every day on my way to and from work. Should they not be able to allow me to pump gas or the time I blew out a tire and had to get a tow-truck out, etc. etc. we would be an ill-equipped, dysfunctional family.

  3. Oh, and this dog, if not over/in -bred would make a fantastic therapy/service dog breed. They are a sheer delight with enough girth to help lifting/standing people up and other highly-physical supportive needs.


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