Dog possibly stolen for bait reunited with family

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A Roswell family has been reunited with their dog months after it went missing and days before it was set to be euthanized.

The family says in September, Colbie, a 5-year-old Chihuahua Rat-Terrier Mix, was stolen from their front yard.

“We called her in one night and she just didn’t show up,” said Bryan Slaten.

Slaten says he and his wife, Angela, searched everywhere for Colbie including the local animal shelter, but they always came back empty handed.

It wasn’t until this week the family finally found Colbie.

“He called me at work and said you’re not going to believe this but I found Colbie. She’s at the pound,” said Angela Slaten.

Saturday morning the Slaten’s say another dog showed up on their porch.

They decided to keep it, but it ran away Monday morning.

That’s when Bryan Slaten went to the shelter to search for it and spotted Colbie.

“It was insane I sat there, I took a double take, a triple take I couldn’t believe it,” Bryan said.

But not all of the news was good news.

The Slaten’s say animal control officers think Colbie may have been stolen and used as a bait dog, an animal that fight dogs prey on until it either dies or gives up.

They say the shelter found Colbie wandering around Roswell Friday with the letter “B” painted on her side.

Officers told the Slaten’s that’s indicative of a way to mark the difference between bait and fight dogs.

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