Dogs Vanishing in Northwest Missouri

Published 01/22 2014 06:41PM

Updated 01/24 2014 10:09PM

(ALBANY, Mo.) Lately, Marsha Adams says she says she's been busy with phone calls from people concerned about their missing pets.

Adams, who runs the Albany Animal Shelter, says someone in a mysterious van seen driving around the area may be snatching up pets.

"I saw this van and it pulled in then came down the road and pulled [up to] me. When it saw me sitting in my truck they took off," says Adams.

Adams thinks the van was there to check out her inventory of pets, who all need adopting.

She says since that incident, several dogs have gone missing in the area, including her neighbor's dog.

That dog was found, injured and disoriented.

"He had lacerations all over his neck, his paws were in terrible shape and his nails were shredded. He had been through something really horrific and he actually turned white in the face," said Adams.

But that wasn't the case for Ladonna McCauley who lives in Union Star.

She says she was home when someone took her dog and she hasn't seen him in two weeks.

"I just ran in the house for a second and came back out and he was gone," added McCauley.

Neighbors recall seeing a similar van near her home.

"It was cruising up and down several of the streets and was going slow and they kind of thought something was funny," added McCauley.

Adams says she's not taking any chances and is keeping a close watch on the animals at the shelter. She hopes the animals will be adopted and have a safe place to call home

The Albany Animal Shelter has nearly 25 cats and dogs. Wednesday, they received 10 more puppies.

Wanda Pickerel has two dogs of her own and hopes whoever is taking the dogs is captured.

"They're breaking people's hearts is number one and I don't know how they can even think to do something like that because it's like taking your child," added Pickerel.

Anyone with information on the alleged dog abductions is asked to call the police.

To adopt a pet, you can call the Albany Animal Shelter at 660-593-2889.

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