Missing dog posters pop up near Plaza

One owner says someone is stealing pets

SANTA FE (KRQE) – The missing posters are plastered all over the Santa Fe Plaza and dog owners are searching for their best friends.

One of those owners is convinced her dog was stolen right out of her own backyard.

“He’s been taken,” Marcia Sagebiel said. “There is no way that he would run away and not come home.”

Sagebiel is searching the streets of Santa Fe. She’s looking for Baker, her 2-year-old Husky. Sagebiel says sometime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday is when Baker went missing.

“He’s not a dog to run away,” Sagebiel said.

Then, something caught her eye.

“When we started posting flyers, we noticed a pattern within the last week and half in this area, in specific around a mile radius. It hasn’t even been a block and here’s another one of a different dog,” Sagebiel said, pointing at a poster.

Sagebiel says she’s seen at least five missing dog posters go up in the past two weeks. There’s a lot of buzz in the neighborhood about where the dogs went.

“We think that possibly someone took our dogs in hopes of a reward,” Sagebiel said.

She’s confident Baker didn’t get out on his own.

“Our dog is nowhere that tall and you have to lift it up and pull it,” Sagebiel said of the lock on her gate.

This isn’t a new problem for the area. Last November, Sara Chapman, Sagebiel’s friend and neighbor, came home to find her two dogs Olive and Roshi missing.

Three days later, her sister spotted a homeless woman, Erin Corvin, walking with Olive on a Santa Fe street. Corvin was arrested and Chapman got Olive back. Roshi had been hit by a car and killed.

Sagebiel is staying optimistic, hoping she, too, will come across Baker.

If someone does in fact have him, this is her message: “This is my best friend,” Sagebiel said. “My boyfriend and I love this dog and we just want him back, we really do.”

Baker was adopted from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and is micro-chipped. Sagebiel says she’s called local shelters, police and vets but with no luck.

Santa Fe police say they haven’t seen a spike in missing dogs.

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