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UPDATED Police arrest owner in connection with dognapping from Alameda shelter

Submitted by on 1, May 13, 2010 – 2:27 pmNo Comment

Max, a 70-pound pit bull, was taken from the Alameda Animal Shelter on Wednesday. Photo from the Alameda Police Department.

UPDATED 7:35 a.m. Friday, May 14

Looks like authorities have located Max:


Alameda police have made an arrest in connection with the burglary of a “dangerous” dog placed at the Alameda Animal Shelter in advance of a planned euthanasia. But they said they’re still looking for the dog, and that there may be at least one additional arrest in connection with the case.

Police arrested Richard Cochran, 57, after an interview at police headquarters this morning. They said Cochran admitted to formulating a plan to spring Max, his three-year-old, 70-pound pit bull, from the shelter after an Alameda County Superior Court judge confirmed the dog was to be euthanized.

Police said Cochran planned the burglary with his girlfriend and the dog’s co-owner, Melissa Perry, 38, and two other associates. They said they’ll be seeking an arrest warrant for Perry and that the identities of the couple’s associates are still pending. The dog’s location is also still pending.

Police said a judge on Tuesday ordered that Max be euthanized following bite incidents in January and March. On Wednesday morning, shelter employees found that someone had cut through the shelter’s cyclone fence to access its perimeter and then used bolt cutters to cut a lock to the kennel that contained Max.

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