On Thursday, 12-year-old Chihuahua-mix Edith was stolen out of the BARC no-kill dog shelter in Williamsburg. She had never before been separated from her lifelong companion, Archie. Archie, also 12, was so devastated that he stopped eating.
But good news! Late Friday, Detectives Vega and Randozzo of the 90th precinct apprehended the thief, a young Asian woman. She said she took the dog to give to her sick uncle. Why steal an adoptable dog? That part is still unclear. “Apparently, this isn’t her first time stealing a dog,” BARC’s VP Vinnie Spinola told me. “She was living in squalor. I think she was on drugs.”
They narrowed down the list of culprits after watching surveillance videos taken by cameras belonging to a factory across the street. “It was hard to see her because she was wearing all black and a lot of makeup, but you could tell there was something white in her hands as she came out,” said Spinola. They made flyers and then received a text saying that a woman who fit the description had been seen with Edith a few blocks away. The police tracked her down because she’d left her Berry Street address on the volunteer signup sheet inside. Apparently, in addition to being a dog thief, she is also an imbecile.
“They wouldn’t eat without each other. Neither had eaten anything in twenty-four hours, so the first thing they did was share a bowl of food,” said Spinola. “Then they just played and have been enjoying each other’s company ever since.”
Above, Spinola hugs the happy couple.
The dogs are still up for adoption. If you’re interested in this lovely pair, call BARC at 718-486-7489.