Despite promise of life-changing surgery puppy Pirate pines for Popcorn

Popcorn, Pirates brother, a five-week old puppy was stolen prior to a journey that should have been full of promise and hope for Pirate, his two brothers, and their mother Panache
Pirate worries over stolen brother Popcorn
Pirate worries over stolen brother Popcorn
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Knoxville - Tennessee - US

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Oct. 28, 2016 - PRLog -- Pirate, a mixed breed puppy was brought to the Monroe County Animal Shelter along with his mother Panache, and two brothers Pumpkin and Popcorn. It was there that poor Pirate was diagnosed as having a broken pelvis.

Liz Sneed, Director, Monroe County Animal Shelter said, "If Pirate's problem was corrected here, he would not be able accompany his mother Panache and brothers Pumpkin and Popcorn, along with more than 50 other dogs to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey for adoption."

Fortunately, news came from St. Hubert's. They would take Pirate and his family and perform the surgery there. So, the small family of three could accompany the other dogs from the Monroe County Animal Shelter.

However, the good news was tempered when a Monroe County Animal Shelter attendant noticed one of Panache's puppies was missing, Pirate's brother Popcorn.

Sneed says, "Poor Popcorn. Puppies his age are at a vulnerable stage. Their mom's milk helps provide them immunity to disease. Being puppy-napped puts the puppy at risk, and there is no way of knowing if it will ever be vaccinated for canine diseases."

On Tuesday October 25, Pirate, Pumpkin and Panache were among the 56 dogs and puppies that were transported by The Canine Solution in a specially modified trailer from the Monroe County Animal Shelter to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center.

Unfortunately Popcorn had not been found and was not among the passengers. Which means the missing puppy will probably never be reunited with Pirate and his family.

Sneed reported the theft and a suspect has been identified.

She says, " Popcorn may be never returned because there is fear the woman who is alledged to have stolen Popcorn is reportedly a dog breeder, and either stole Popcorn to breed or to sell."

Sneed, who is known for her passion for the animals at Monroe County Animal Shelter states with conviction, " You can bet I am going to press charges if we ever found who did this."

About Monroe County Friends of Animals: ( MCFA is a not-for-profit volunteer organization with 501(c) (3) status located in Monroe County, Tennessee. This group was created in 2004 by concerned citizens who recognized a dire need existing throughout the county for animal welfare. They consulted with the County's governing body and entered into negotiations with the Monroe County government. This led to the formation of a county-run animal shelter, which was approved by a narrow commission vote at the end of 2004.

Since it was formed Monroe County Friends of Animals has helped adopt or rescue more than 23,000 cats and dogs.

The main thrust of MCFA's mission is to support the Monroe County Animal Shelter both monetarily in animal rescue efforts and with hands-on assistance in the shelter. In addition, MCFA provides other community services through its volunteers' network.

Learn more about Monroe County Friends of Animals

Keith Sanderson, Director of Publicity
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