Stolen dog found by city police

GLOVERSVILLE – City police said two people were charged Friday in connection with the theft of a dog from the Regional Animal?Shelter.

Michelle S. Dwyer, 41 and Christopher R. Gunneson, 22, both of 16 Fourth?Ave., were each charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, petit larceny, fourth-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Delilah, the adult female pit bull mix dog that was stolen, was recovered and was unharmed.

Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said the pair were the former owners of the dog. He said police believe they took the dog from the shelter.

Police said the burglary occurred early Friday morning. Shelter volunteers arrived shortly before 7 a.m. and noticed an exterior door was damaged.

Regional Animal Shelter board member Renee Earl said someone broke the fence and a window on the door to enter the shelter.

“We do know who the previous owner is, but the dog legally belongs to the Regional Animal Shelter,” Earl said Friday.

The dog was owned by the shelter and was available for adoption at the time of the burglary, police said.

The shelter, located at 117 W. Fulton St., posted a photo and description of the dog on the Regional Animal Shelter’s on Facebook page.

The page was updated later noting the dog was recovered and had been adopted.

The shelter is a public-private partnership between the not-for-profit Regional Animal Shelter and Gloversville. The shelter pays the city $1 a year in rent to use the 16-by-36-foot building just south of the Gloversville transit building, near the Rail Trail, and the city saves money by not paying fees to store homeless dogs at a veterinarian’s office.

Earl said since the group began operating the annex building, it has housed 134 dogs, 71 of which have been adopted. She said 54 of those dogs were lost dogs the shelter helped reunite with families.