Woman tied to animal rescue group arrested in Marysville dog theft

MARYSVILLE — A woman was arrested Thursday night in connection with a Marysville dog-napping two weeks ago

The Snohomish County woman, 59, is affiliated with an animal rescue group, Marysville police Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux said Friday. She was booked into the Marysville Jail for investigation of third-degree theft, second-degree animal cruelty and second-degree criminal trespass.

At this point in the investigation, police are not releasing the woman’s name or identifying the rescue group, Lamoureux said. The Herald in general does not name suspects until they are charged with a crime or make a court appearance.

The woman who was arrested was identified by a witness, Lamoureux said. Investigators asked to meet with her. She was taken into custody after showing up at the police department.

Takoda, an 8-year-old Siberian Husky, was taken from her Marysville yard on Sept. 24. A neighbor’s surveillance video showed a woman pulling the dog into a sport utility vehicle. The case caught the attention of animal lovers around the world.

Takoda was returned to her family on Tuesday at the Marysville police station. The reunion was facilitated by an attorney who represented an unnamed client who was in possession of the dog.

The family was glad to hear of the arrest on Thursday, said Ron Smith, Takoda’s owner.

“I was just jumping for joy, literally, and I was shaking, I was so excited,” Smith said. “It was overwhelming. I was just overjoyed.”

Takoda had some injuries to her nose, but she was looking better Friday, Smith said. The dog does not want to be outside by herself.

“Her wounds will heal, but she was traumatized,” Smith said. “She doesn’t like to leave our side.”

The day Takoda was returned, the family took her to a veterinarian to be checked over. She went again on Friday to get spayed and get an identifying chip and other care, Smith said.

The family doesn’t know which rescue group may have been involved in taking Takoda, Smith said. They suspect the alleged thief was previously involved with a legitimate rescue group but had broken off from the organization.

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

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