Stolen therapy dog found

Stolen therapy dog found

Earnest, a German shepherd therapy dog stolen from a St. Paul back yard, was found a week after he disappeared in September. The St. Paul Police Department hadn’t filed any charges as of Access Press deadline. 

The dog was in training when he was taken. He was taken at 1:30 a.m. September 10 after being let out into a home’s back yard. Someone opened a gate, shone a flashlight into the house and then led the dog away. 

A week later, someone called police to report seeing the dog. Officers responded and confirmed the dog was Earnest. The dog was with a man who said he found Earnest on St. Paul’s East Side. 

Sheila and Mike Metz own Lindenhill German Shepherds. They have been breeding dogs for almost 40 years and recently have focused on finding homes for puppies that could become service animals, which includes emotional support dogs. The dogs go through extensive training to be certified. 

The dog gets his name because of this earnest demeanor. Earnest is almost two years old. When he was a puppy, a man and his little boy came to the Metz kennel looking for a dog. That family became the dog’s primary owners. The kennel owners were helping with Earnest’s training to become a therapy dog. 

The search for the dog drew widespread attention. It’s not clear what Earnest’s next steps will be. He was thinner when found but appeared to otherwise be in good health. 

Source: St Paul Pioneer Press