Stolen Irving Dog's Fur Dyed by Thieves

By Elvira Sakmari
|  Thursday, Jan 20, 2011  |  Updated 12:43 AM CDT
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Wylie Stolen From Irving Animal Care

Irving Animal Shelter

Wylie was returned to Irving Animal Shelter after being stolen, but he came back with his fur dyed black.

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Irving police have arrested two people in connection with the theft of Wylie, an 8-month-old Argentine Dogo, from the city's animal shelter.

Shelter employees shared photos of Wylie and told NBCDFW the suspects dyed the dog's hair in hopes of disguising him. He was otherwise unharmed.

Wylie is now back in the custody of the Irving Animal Shelter. No word on his adoption status.

Darwood Kellett, 44 and Terry Cosper, 43, both of Irving, were arrested at about 1:40 p.m. Wednesday after police received a tip on the dog's location.

Kellett and Cosper are charged with theft under $20,000 and are being held in the Irving City Jail on $10,000 bond.

This week, Irving Police released photos of two people believed to be responsible for the theft of Wylie, taken from the Irving Animal Care Campus on Jan. 15.

Animal shelter employees discovered the dog was missing during routine inventory of the shelter. A review of surveillance video showed  two people taking the dog over the fence and running away from the shelter.

A $600 reward had been issued for the return of the animal. It is not yet known if the tipster was anonymous or if they will receive the reward.

More: Irving Animal Shelter on Facebook

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