When Jose Perez, of Benton Harbor, Indiana, went outside to find his family’s 5-year old Siberian Husky, Aspen, on June 11, he instead found a typed note from a dognapper.
“A dog in a pen or on a chain is lonely. All they can look forward to is a meal and hope that someone will spend some time with them,” reads the letter.
The letter, pictured below, was signed “Someone who cares about all dogs.”
If you only read the letter, it’s easy to assume that Aspen was unloved or abused, and that the dognapper was actually doing the dog a favor. But, take a look at the video, from WNDU News, and you’ll see that the Husky was, in fact, very well cared for. His pen was actually quite a large enclosure, there was plenty of shade, room to run and play, and a nice solid doghouse for him to sleep in.
While the vast majority of us keep our dogs indoors, this was hardly a poor living situation for the dog. And, the family says they spent lots of time with their pet and miss him immensely.
The Perez family is offering a $100 reward to anyone that can bring their dog back home. Aspen is microchipped. Please contact Adriana Perez at 269-208-1518 with any information.
In Indiana, there are no laws against penning a dog outside, as long as he is well cared for and has food, water, and shelter – all of which were readily provided for Aspen.
This is a bizarre incident, one that has many people torn – do you support the family or the dognapper, who clearly had the best intentions?