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Zeke the service dog was stolen from woman's car

Zeke the service dog was stolen from woman's car

NORTHGLENN, Colo. — Police were looking for a suspect accused of stealing a woman’s service dog from her vehicle while she was inside a check cashing store.

Officers responded to the Check Into Cash parking lot at 11870 Washington Street in Northglenn at about 1:30 p.m.

The victim told officers her dog, Zeke, was stolen from her car. She said she left the window cracked open so the 3-year-old Boston Terrier could get some air.

Several witnesses told police they saw a man reach in, open the door and take Zeke from the woman’s vehicle.

Surveillance image of suspect wanted in theft of service dog

Surveillance image of suspect wanted in theft of service dog

The suspect put the service dog in a brown duffle-type bag and walk west across Washington Street.

Zeke is brindle with a white stripe down his face and chest and he’s partially blind in his left eye. The dog was wearing a camouflage collar.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic man about 30 years old. He had a black jacket on over a red shirt and black pants.

The man is pictured in the surveillance image that is part of this story.

Anyone with information is asked to call Northglenn Police at 303-450-8893.

6 comments

  • Kyle Walpole

    Once again, the “service dog” moniker is thrown out without any justification or explanation. Did your reporter think to ask what tasks, as required by state and federal law, this “service dog” is trained to perform. Why was the dog left in the vehicle? Is this an “emotional support animal” (which is not a service dog) for which the inappropriate label is being thrown out? Furthermore — IF THIS DOG IS PARTIALLY BLIND HOW IS IT QUALIFIED TO WORK AS A SERVICE DOG???? Service dogs are required to be individually trained to perform specific tasks related to a person’s disability. Furthermore, the service dog should be in impeccable health. It is unfortunate that some use the service animal moniker when it does not fit with the spirit of, nor the letter of, state and federal law.

    Apparently nobody in your news department finds investigating such claims or questioning the Northglenn P.D. before printing them the appropriate course of action?

    Perhaps a story you might consider is the rampant misrepresentation of Service Dogs and the damage it does to those of us who use highly trained service dogs from legitimate organizations and in accordance with state and federal law?

    Sincerely,

    Kyle Walpole
    Canine Companions For Independence Hearing Dog Graduate

  • Sonia

    Kyle Wampole, I’m not disagreeing with you completely, there are a lot of people misusing ther “service dog” term, but the fact that a dog is partially blind in one eye doesn’t mean it can’t be a fully-trained and productive service dog. It could be a seizure dog or a diabetes dog, etc.

  • JLJ

    For real. I have a service dog due to epilepsy and she has partial blindness in one eye and very low light. It does not affect her abilities to do her job. She is otherwise very, very healthy.

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