Thief steals Van with a dozen day dogs inside

Thief steals Van with a dozen day dogs inside

The only thing worse than losing your dog is losing someone else’s dog when it was your responsibility to watch them. But imagine losing your dog and 11 other dogs at the same time! For Sunni Liston, the owner of a dog day care center, such a situation had always been a nightmare for her. But one day all of her fears came alive.

When she was bringing a dog back to her family, a thief stole her van that had a dozen dogs left in it! Liston screamed in panic but didn’t want to rest until the dogs were safe. Fortunately, other Oregon animal lovers were happy to help track down the stolen vehicle.

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Liston has been running the Dogpatch Resort for 20 years without any problems. Families can pick up their dogs in Liston’s Van in downtown Portland three days a week. She has two vans with 13 kennel spaces each. So she can let over two dozen dogs run around her daycare center at the same time.

“I park parallel on the street and people come to me and fetch their dogs. So I sit in my van for about an hour and when everyone comes I unload the dog, ”said Liston.

The vehicle was stolen in just a few seconds. Liston got out to give a dog to her family as usual, but when she turned back to the van he withdrew. She screamed, hurried to the driver’s side, and hit the window. But she said the stranger ignored her and ran over her foot when he drove off.

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There were 11 dogs in the van’s kennels, along with their own dog in the front seat. Liston said the suspect drove off with her phone and purse too, so she had to run around asking people to call 911. Fortunately, her employees and many other kind souls came to save the day.

No dog left behind

Liston’s lost phone saved the day. Her staff rang at the location of the phone and found that it was in a parking lot. They reached out to a friend who lived near the place, and that friend quickly blocked the exit to the parking lot so the van couldn’t leave. According to Liston, hundreds of other people have expressed their willingness to help if needed.

When the police arrived at the scene, the suspect was gone. Fortunately, all dogs were safe and unharmed.

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“The cop called me and I could hear the dogs in the background,” Liston said. “I screamed, I screamed, ‘You have her, you have her!’ It was nothing that could be described. “

Unfortunately, the thief started with Liston’s cash and credit card. They tried to use their credit card but they haven’t been found yet. The police will continue to search for the suspect, but Liston isn’t quite as concerned about this. She can always make more money, but she cannot replace the lives of 12 dogs. She is grateful that they are all safe and sound again.

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