- Posted October 15, 2013 by
Phineas missing from Vets Office
A worker from the vet clinic contacted the police department approximately 8 a.m. Saturday and said the dog was not there. She told the police that Phineas was at the vet's office 4:30 p.m. Friday when the building was closed, Steelman said.
"She said when she got there at 7:30 and started making rounds, she noticed the dog was not there," Steelman said.
He said an early investigation revealed there was no forced entry.
"That's all we're working with right now," Steelman said. "We have no other information and no leads."
Phineas and his owners, Patrick and Amber Sanders, have a court date over a relief of judgment scheduled for Thursday in Dent County in front of Judge Scott Bernstein.
In June 2012 Phineas was seized by the city for biting, and Mayor Gary Brown determined the dog should be destroyed. Patrick Sanders went to the court system to seek a relief from judgment for his family pet.
Based on testimony, the 42nd Circuit Court upheld the city’s decision to have the dog destroyed. That decision is now under appeal in the Southern Appellate district, with Thursday's scheduled relief from judgment in progress in the original court.
Phineas was originally kept at the Dent County Animal Welfare Society shelter before being moved to two then-undisclosed locations. He was removed from the shelter once, but returned.
Under the advisement of the Missouri Department of Agriculture Phineas was being kept at the offices of Salem veterinarian Dr. J.J. Tune, with the cost being paid by his owners.
Tune said Sunday that any information on Phineas' disappearance would have to come from law enforcement. He also said there is no video surveillance in his office.
"He is a good dog, and I think any court would see that," Tune said, questioning why someone would take the dog so close to Thursday's hearing. "I don't know why someone would have taken him."
Salem News Reporting