Apple Valley Animal Shelter Surprised to ID the “Suspect” Setting off Alarms


APPLE VALLEY – The Apple Valley Animal Shelter employees and deputies from the Apple Valley Station were both stumped about recent alarm activations. Deputies responded to the alarm to find no one or anything especially suspicious at the shelter. Both were led to believe that there was an intruder, who was moving through the shelter at a fast rate of speed. When shelter employees returned they noticed things pulled from the front counter, but still nothing missing. Files, the phone, and papers were only moved out of place.

“Thinking a cat may be running through the building, the ACO set a cat trap for the evening,” said Gina Whiteside, the Director of Animal Services. On Sunday, September 18, 2016, the shelter staff noticed that a dog was missing. The German Shepherd was kept in the back adoption kennels of the shelter.

Staff was baffled about the missing dog and the disturbed from desk items, but assumed an intruder came in and Gingertook the missing dog. On Monday the staff notified Whiteside of the alarm and the missing dog. “I decided to review the cameras to see if someone had entered the building and removed a dog,” added Whiteside.

Whiteside said that there are three doors between the missing dog and the parking lot. When reviewing the surveillance footage, Whiteside noticed something that she never thought she would see. The missing dog, “Ginger” was captured during her self-guided Apple Valley Animal Shelter tour and subsequent escape.

Fortunately, Ginger was located, “plans are already underway for her placement with a rescue that will help her settle in and hopefully feel secure enough to stay in the yard of her future home,” said Whiteside. Apple Valley Animal Shelter has plenty of dogs and cats, just like Ginger ready to be placed in a forever home.

The Apple Valley Animal Shelter is located at 22131 Powhatan Road in the Town of Apple Valley. The shelter is open on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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