4-month-old, Ivan, was snatched from his kennel at the New York Avenue shelter operated by the Washington Humane Society (WHS) early on Monday afternoon. Three suspects were caught on surveillance video (click here to view the video) taking the dog from the shelter. The individuals entered the shelter on 1201 New York Avenue, NE posing as potential adopters. Once inside the shelter the suspects took Ivan from his cage and escaped by breaking through a wooden fence behind the building.
The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is offering a $1000 reward for Ivan’s safe return.
“This is a heartbreaking situation. Every animal in our care is a member of the WHS family. Ivan was waiting to go to a good home, instead he was kidnapped and now we have no idea what the perpetrators intend to do with him and, most importantly, whether he is getting the care and love he needs. His safety is our number one priority and we hope with the public’s help, Ivan will be returned to us quickly," said WHS President & CEO, Lisa LaFontaine.
WHS officials are asking anyone with information about Ivan to contact the Washington Humane Society/DC Animal Care and Control by calling 202-724-3834. Calls are confidential and a $1000 reward is being offered for information leading to safe return of Ivan. The reward is made possible through a special fund called the JUSTICE FUND.
To watch the video of the three suspects stealing Ivan, getting away through the parking lot, please CLICK HERE!