Kidnapped and Abused Dog Gets Reunited with Owner

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Keelo, a Pit Bull mix from Phoenix, Ariz., was riding with his owner, Delbert Weaver, when they stopped at a Circle K convenience store near 19th Avenue and Deer Valley Road on Tuesday, July 10, 2013. While Weaver went inside the store, he left Keelo inside the car with the AC running and the windows cracked, but when he returned to the car Keelo was gone.

Photo Credit: Credit: 3TV
Photo Credit: Credit: 3TV

Immediately, Weaver started looking for his best friend, he posted flyers, used social media to reach out to the public and even called local news stations.

That same night Phoenix 3TV ran a report on Keelo’s abduction and it helped get the dog back to his owner the next morning.

It appears someone saw Keelo inside the truck, stole him, abused him and left him injured inside a portable toilet in a construction zone near the convenience store.

The foreman at the construction site went to use the portable toilet, but when he opened the door, he found Keelo locked inside. He and Michael Lamb, construction worker, were helping the dog when the superintendent of the construction project asked them to get back to work. Fortunately, the superintendent is an animal lover and looked after Keelo the rest of the day.

The injured canine did not have a collar or ID tags on him, this made it difficult for his rescuers to ID him and reunite him with his owner. Keelo spend the night with Lamb.

“The dog is well mannered, well trained, so obviously he belongs to somebody,” said Lamb. “I figured I’d put up a few fliers, ask a few questions and maybe the owner would step forward.”

Rance Anderson, another construction worker saw the news report. He headed to the Circle K convenience store to look for Weaver’s phone number and get in touch with him.

The next morning Weaver was reunited with Keelo. He took his dog to a veterinarian to assist his with his injuries. The abusers had beaten Keelo and shot him behind his left ear. Fortunately, the bullet came out his right cheek. Keelo’s paws were also scrapped, but the vet said prescribed pain medication and some rest would help the dog make a full recovery.

Police are investigating the case but have not received any leads.

No one in their right mind would steal a happy, healthy dog like Keelo just to abuse him and then leave him for dead inside a portable toilet. Thanks to the heroism of the construction workers, Keelo is alive and well today.


11 thoughts on “Kidnapped and Abused Dog Gets Reunited with Owner”

  1. I hope his idiot owners learned it’s not safe to leave a dog alone in a car even for a minute. First of all the a/c doesn’t put out enough if the car isn’t moving to keep him cool in that awful heat out there, secondly dogs are stolen all the time in Maricopa County. In my opinion I don’t really think they deserved to get him back.

    • Are you out of your ever-loving mind? Seriously?? First of all, the owner left him alone for an extremely short period of time. Second, you are REALLY trying to convince people that a vehicle’s AC doesn’t keep the vehicle cool while it is stopped? If yours is like that, you may want to get it serviced. I can start my Jeep about 20 minutes before I leave work and turn on the AC. When I go out to get in it, the interior is VERY cool.

    • The sociopath needs to be locked up forever. Plain and simple. Shooting him relieves a symptom of a much worse problem.

        • It is a fact that most serial killers (Jeffrey Dahmer, Son of Sam, BTK, Albert Desalvo[The Boston Strangler] just to name a few) started off torturing animals. If they had been pulled from society then, think of all the people that wouldn’t have been killed and all their children and grandchildren that would have been born. Maybe one day the lawmakers will realize that, even if they still want to consider our pets a merely possessions, that laws need to harshly punish those that hurt,torture, or kill our pets. I believe psych evaluations should be mandatory. If indeed they are found to be sociopaths, put them away forever. There is no cure or treatment. If it something else, after a loooong incarceration there should be mandatory medication required.

  2. I hope they are caught. If so, I volunteer to save taxpayers money by beating them until they bleed, rolling them in salt and then giving them a nice vinegar rinse.
    Then I’ll shoot them behind the ear, so it comes out their cheek.


  3. Hope some one get this person(s), beat them up, shoot thier ear and throw them in the portable toilet to suffer like the dog. Sicko people out there!

  4. Great job to the people that helped him! We do need more people like this… to the abuser, it’s obviously the person is sick, sad, and i am sure that person will never know what friendship is… Not with animals and not with human either. I fell bad if that thing has or will ever have kids because the poor kid will be seriously abused…


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