CROWN POINT | It has been three weeks since a woman took Snoopy, a pit bull, from the parking lot of the Lake County Government Complex.
The dog’s owner, Michael Atchison, said he left 3-year-old Snoopy in his car for only seven minutes with the window down while he went inside the complex. Atchison said a security officer saw Snoopy running loose in the east parking lot and called another officer to check on the dog.
The officer found a 6-foot-tall blonde wearing a purple shirt with the dog. The woman told the officer she would take the dog to Dyer Animal Clinic to see if he was chipped, which would identify the owner. The officer let her take the dog, which Atchison said had veterinary and Hammond city dog tags. Snoopy is a tan and white unneutered male with black on his nose and eyes and wears a silver metal collar with a black nylon weave inside and a flea collar.
Atchison is offering a $150 reward with no questions asked for information leading to Snoopy’s safe return. He printed and placed fliers around the Dyer area. He can be reached at (219) 290-6678. The incident was caught on video surveillance cameras.
“I love that dog; it is the last thing on this planet that I will love," said Atchison, who has had Snoopy since the dog was 8 weeks old. “That is all I have.”