Good Samaritan finds dog stolen from San Antonio Animal Care Services
Trixie, a female Staffordshire bull terrier stolen from Animal Care Services kennel a week ago, has been reunited with her family from Austin with help from a local Good Samaritan.
Animal Care Services spokeswoman Lisa Norwood said there were a lot of tears, laughter and a lot of tail wagging when Trixie saw her owner, Angel Ontiveros.
“They had no idea how far this girl had traveled,” Norwood said. “She’s been gone since Christmas Eve.”
That was the first of many trials the dog had endured since the holidays.
Last week, Trixie was brought to ACS as a roaming dog.
On Feb. 7, security video cameras captured a clean-shaven man walking to the dog’s kennel and then leading the bull terrier to a new, white BMW.
The agency posted pictures and description across social media of the thief, who was wearing an Adidas track jacket, a black baseball cap, blue T-shirt and khaki cargo shorts.
There wasn’t any word of the dog’s whereabouts until Good Samaritan Regina Briskey laid eyes upon her after midnight on Tuesday.
Briskey had asked her boyfriend to pick up some snacks and when he came back, he told her he’d seen a dog tied up at the North Side service station. The couple returned to the store and Briskey knew the friendly dog was in trouble.
They took Trixie home and seeing that she was dirty, gave her a bath. Thursday morning they took her to Ace Veterinary Clinic, off Blanco, to see if she had a microchip.
When the staff scanned Trixie, they found she had an address in Austin. The veterinary staff and doctor called Ontiveros, who was listed as the owner on the microchip. Thrilled, she thanked the medical staff and sent them a link to the story of the trials Trixie had endured since Christmas Eve.
The clinic staff also contacted the 311 dispatcher who called ACS officer Aimee Decontreras about the dog. Decontreras waited for the owner and met with San Antonio Police detectives to discuss the case.
Norwood said the investigation is ongoing with SAPD to determine the identity of the thief.
Decontreras said that everyone is ecstatic that Trixie is with her owner in Austin.
“We can’t think of any greater present for Valentine’s Day,” she said.
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