Blue is missing.
The dog has been the object of a legal struggle with the city of Albany over the city’s order that he be put down as a dangerous dog. On Monday morning he turned up missing from the Albany Pet Hotel, where he had been since late May.
Albany police Lt. Casey Dorland said an employee of the boarding kennel at 615 Madison St. S.E. called the police department about 7 a.m. Monday to report the dog was gone.
Someone evidently took him between closing the previous night, about 6 p.m., and when employees arrived Monday morning.
“Bless their hearts,” said Councilor Dick Olsen, who had urged the city council in vain to let the dog be released for retraining. He hastened to add that a this was a serious matter that may harm the dog’s case.
“I didn’t do it,” he added. And he said he knew nothing of where the dog was.
“I hope crossing the Nevada-Arizona line as we speak,” he said before heading to a Monday evening meeting of a work group drafting changes in the city’s ordinance on dangerous dogs.
Dorland said a window had been broken, “which is presumed to be the point of entry.” He said the dog was the only thing missing.
He said the initial police investigation showed the kennel’s perimeter alarm had not been set off.
Dorland warned that the dog is considered dangerous as it had several negative encounters with people prior to being impounded. He asked anyone who sees Blue to be careful and to contact the department at 541-917-7680.
Spokeswoman Marilyn Smith said the city sent a photo of Blue to the Port of Portland Police with an alert that someone may try to ship him out of state.
Paul Meadowbrook, the attorney representing Blue’s owner, Richard Raymond, said in an email to the Democrat-Herald that he received a call from pet hotel owner Dr. Francis Kaiser to say that “someone broke a plate glass window and took Blue sometime overnight.”
“Dr. Kaiser said if a train was going by, it could have masked the sound of the breaking window. The window was broken on the train side,” Meadowbrook said.
Meadowbrook said he was told part of the fence around the building had been lifted up and Blue may have been passed underneath it.
An employee at the pet hotel told the Democrat-Herald she had no comment. Monday afternoon, workers were replacing a window on the side of the building facing the tracks.
Blue, whose owner lives on Mountain View Drive S.E., came to police attention in July 2009, when neighbors reported the dog had bitten a neighbor. Then, in September 2010, the dog bit the owners’ grandson in the face when the child put his face in Blue’s food bowl.
Neighbors contended the dog had been allowed to run loose and menace neighbors.
Blue was impounded at the Linn County dog shelter on Sept. 12, 2010. At a hearing on Dec. 10, 2010, Albany Municipal Judge Robert Scott confirmed the police chief’s finding that the dog was dangerous and should be put down.
The dog remained at the pound until late May while the owner filed suit trying to block Blue’s death. A group of Blue supporters appealed to the city council to release the dog. The council repeatedly said it did not want to interfere with the legal process.