Mendon Police report two women are facing charges after they knowingly kept Fonzi, a ten-year-old white Samoyed who was reported missing by his owners.
Fonzi was found by the Mendon Police Department and reunited with his family today. His human mom Lynn Samuelson of Mendon said, “Fonzi is home safely! If it wasn’t for all of you to help he wouldn’t be here right now. I can’t express how thankful I am for everyone who helped, even people I didn’t know.”
On February 19 a woman reported she had spotted Fonzi behind a home in Mendon. This woman was known the to the Mendon Animal Control Officer. She was interviewed by Mendon Detective Don Blanchette about the sighting. According to Blanchette, she did not reveal she had the dog during the interview.
“Witnesses in the neighborhood confirmed a report that two young ladies put the dog in a green jeep and drove off,” said Blanchette. One of the persons involved was the woman who reported she had spotted Fonzi.
Blanchette reinterviewed the women, “At first, they said they didn’t have the dog,” Blanchette said. “I advised them there were witnesses,” he said. “They confessed they took the dog.”
According to Blanchette, the two women said they believed the dog was in distress and felt they could do a better job taking care of him..
The Mendon Animal Control Officer along with the Mendon Police Department made arrangements for Fonzi to be returned today.
Ashley Caron, of Millbury, and Robin Strocky, of Blackstone, have been charged with; larceny of $250 for the dog, removing a collar from a dog, and keeping a domestic animal without notifying animal control.