Police say stolen Marysville dog may be returned

MARYSVILLE — No one knows when or if Takoda will come home. No one except — perhaps — her captor.

Takoda, an 8-year-old Siberian Husky, was stolen Sept. 24 from her family’s back yard in Marysville. Police obtained surveillance video showing Takoda being pulled into a vehicle.

Someone believed to be responsible has come forward through an attorney, but the attorney isn’t sharing the culprit’s name, Marysville police Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux said Monday. The attorney has been talking with prosecutors.

The attorney told officials that Takoda would be brought to the Marysville police station on Monday afternoon, Lamoureux said. That was later rescheduled for Tuesday morning. The person believed to be responsible isn’t expected to be there.

Police have identified several people they’d like to speak with, but they have not named any suspects, Lamoureux said.

Meanwhile, Takoda’s family awaits the call that she’s safe.

Her owners, Ron and Colleen Smith, have been checking animal shelters and pet websites trying to find her, they said.

“Both my wife and I have been working tirelessly,” Ron Smith said.

Takoda loves to run and play tag, he said.

“She’s a very sweet, very loving dog,” he said. “She loves to kiss you, wants to dance with you.”

The couple isn’t sure they could have made it this past week without the support from friends, families and even strangers, Colleen Smith said. The police have been keeping them informed on any updates, and they’re getting sympathy letters from all over the world.

The family believes the dognapper might be connected to people belonging to an animal rescue organization. The group might be angry that Takoda spent more time than usual in a kennel while Ron Smith was recovering from surgery.

Police have not confirmed those suspicions, but they haven’t ruled them out, Lamoureux said.

“We have not, in the investigation, been able to make any connections to animal rescue groups, but that is certainly something that will continue to be investigated,” he said.

Police are not aware of any other recent animal thefts in Marysville, he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call investigators at 360-363-8300.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

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