Caged dog liberated from Waif shelter
June 25, 2008 · Updated 4:48 PM
There was a prison break in Coupeville sometime during the night of Sept. 14. But it wasnt at the Island County Jail.
The break out occurred at the Whidbey Animal Improvement Foundation animal shelter on Highway 20.
The escapee, a German shepherd mix dog, was probably helped out by his human friends. The dog had been arrested in the Rolling Hills area, just south of Oak Harbor, by Island County Animal Control, last week for breaking the leash law.
When the mutt was brought in, he did not have any identification. But sometime Sunday night, the dogs human partners apparently helped him out of jail.
When staff got to work Monday morning, the dog was gone. said Shari Bibich, the shelters manager.
At first we thought the dog was helped over the top of his outside kennel because a heavy picnic table was pushed up against the fence, Bibich said.
But he was was a big dog, about 98 pounds. So it was hard to imagine anyone could easily lift him over the top of the fence.
Upon closer inspection, Bibch noticed the kennel fence had been cut near the ground, just wide enough for a dog or human to wiggle through.
None of the other dogs were disturbed or freed, so we can only assume it was the dogs owner.
He was kind of a shy dog, so I cant imagine he would go with strangers, Biibich said.
Dog napping has happened at the shelter before. By stealing the dog, its owners have avoided paying to get the dog out of the shelter.
Cost to bail a dog out of the WAIF shelter is $25; $20 for older dogs. Dogs without licenses require another $25 payment, and $7 is charged per day for room and board.