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Theft of new puppy shocks campus resident

On Wednesday, Sep. 12, I brought my puppy to her first women's rugby practice. After tying her to the fence between Briggs Field and the Westgate parking lot and leaving her food and ample water, I joined my team for practice.

I passed by her as I was taking my warm-up lap. She was lying in the grass relaxing and taking in all the Wednesday afternoon Briggs Field action.

Within half an hour, she was gone. Her leash and collar were still attached to the fence and her food and water were untouched, but alas, there was no pup to be found.

A friend and I searched the area. No pup. We asked people if they had seen her. No one had. We asked the Campus Police to cruise the area. All they found was a stray terrier.

It seemed that in the course of less than an hour, my three-month-old puppy had slipped out of her collar and gone for a very long walk, unobserved by all the people on Briggs Field and all the people supervising their children at the Westgate playground. It all seemed a little implausible, especially because my puppy loves people and people love her.

I called all the local shelters and animal control officers. I reported her missing with the Campus Police. I posted signs throughout West Campus. I even called the Department of Public Works to see if she had been hit by a car. No one had seen her, but everyone promised to keep an eye out for her.

On Friday, I received news that was both good and bad. Someone had seen my pup on campus with two men who said they had bought her a couple of days ago. Someone else saw her later that day on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Vassar Street. Again she was with a couple of men.

On the one hand, it was a tremendous relief to know that she was not dead or starving to death. On the other hand, it was disturbing to learn that she had been stolen in broad daylight on the MIT campus, not necessarily by the men who had her. It's quite plausible that someone did cut a profit on my puppy.

Anyone who's ever raised a dog knows how emotional the attachment can be. Puppies, like children, need a committed, loving caretaker. I have willingly adjusted my life to accommodate the needs of my pup. More importantly, I have opened my heart for a puppy that was destined for the pound.

The fact that someone would steal my pup, for whatever reason, literally brings me to tears. The fact that she was stolen on campus shocks me, probably because I have always felt so secure here.

As I mentioned, my puppy is a three-month-old Labrador mix female. She has a distinctive white marking on her chest, and she is slightly more furry than a purebred Lab. Please, if you see her, contact the Campus Police and me as soon as possible. I will be forever grateful to anyone who can help me find her.

Allie Bereny '90->