BEND, OR -- A Philomath woman is charged with felony theft, accused of taking a dog from outside a downtown Bend business. "This all started Friday evening, when we were given information that Kido was missing, which is not uncommon for a dog to get out, get curious about something, leave, go wander," says Bend Police Lt. Clint Burleigh, "It wasn’t until Saturday that we discovered someone had taken him."
On Saturday, Bend PD posted security footage on its social media pages that showed a woman untying Kido's leash and taking the dog. That's when tips started pouring in, "We live in a really great community; a lot of shares, a lot of posts, a lot of people commenting. Somehow on Sunday, an acquaintance of the suspect was able to get in touch with Kido’s owner and they had a conversation. We were kind of brought into the loop a little bit. We learned that the suspect that took Kido felt he was malnourished." Burleigh tells KBND News Kido was not malnourished, and was clearly well taken care of.
After that tip from the suspect's boyfriend, Kido was found in the Philomath home of 41-year-old Sabrina Lynn McCaskill, through a joint operation with Corvallis and Philomath Police. Late Sunday night, Kido was reunited with his owner in Bend, "Kido was actively licking his owner, his human," says Lt. Burleigh, "It was a pretty cool thing to see; it really was."
McCaskill is charged with Theft of a Companion Animal, which is a class C felony.
Lt. Burleigh says if you find a pet in Bend, notify police through non-emergency dispatch (541-693-6911) or contact the Humane Society of Central Oregon. "Posting a found pet on one of many social media pages is a good second step, but that alone is insufficient for those who do not use social media." Failure to attempt to locate the owner could result in criminal charges.