Statement from the San Francisco SPCA

Giardia-infected Puppy Stolen

San Francisco, Mar 3 2010:

Cassidy's sibling
Cassidy's sibling

We learned that Cassidy, a puppy infected with giardia, was stolen from the San Francisco SPCA this evening. While under our care Cassidy has been receiving much-needed medicine and treatment, and we at the SF SPCA are deeply concerned about her health. We strongly urge those who took her to return her to the SF SPCA so that she can receive the care she needs. We will not press charges or ask questions; we simply want her returned. We are offering a $500 reward for her safe return.

Cassidy is a three month old, unspayed lab mix and approximately seventeen pounds. She is brindle -- a blend of brown and black spots -- and white. While we don't have a photo of her specifically, we do have a photo of her sibling (above right). While treatable, giardia is an infection of the small intestine that can be passed to humans.

We urge anyone with information about Cassidy to call 415-554-3029.

Media contacts:
Mike Altfest, Edelman
m:  510-684-8655
o:  415-486-3244

Tina Ahn, SF SPCA
m:  415-760-6720
o:  415-554-3025

About the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is a community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions.

Support the San Francisco SPCA by adopting, donating, volunteering and becoming a client of the state-of-the-art SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center. SF SPCA has San Francisco volunteer opportunities to care for shelter dogs and cats, conduct adoption counseling, assist clients and veterinary staff at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center, provide foster care, help with the Community Cats Program, and enrich the lives of people in the community through animal-assisted therapy.

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