SEATTLE — Waffles, a 1-and-a-half-year-old Cairn Terrier, was dognapped from a Seattle market on Tuesday. A homeless woman allegedly took the dog while it was tied up outside a Queen Anne grocery store and dyed the formerly blond and gray dog black to hide the theft.
The lucky pup has been reunited with her family, thanks to the microchip inserted under her skin, which helped her owners identify the dog as their own on Saturday.
Robert Lucier, a father of two and owner of Waffles, said that the woman found walking his dog after a four-day search refused to give the dog back. The woman said, “This is my dog, why are you following me?”
Lucier and his two children, aged 6 and 11, had posted flyers across the city with photos of Waffles in the hopes of finding their beloved pup. The family received several phone calls from people claiming to have seen the pooch with a homeless woman in downtown Seattle.
Someone called and said they saw someone “washing the paint out of your dog” in a public restroom at Seattle Center.
Lucier rode to the center on his bike and called the police as he made his way downtown. What he saw once he arrived was shocking. His dog looked quite a bit older and looked really fearful, and the homeless woman who was holding his dog was somewhat neatly dressed.
He said his dog’s name and she came towards him, but the dog smelled strongly of chemicals, which convinced Lucier it was his dog. Then the woman tried to take the pup away, which resulted in a bit of a tussle, when Waffles got away. The woman said she was going to call 911, but just as she threatened to call the police, three police cars pulled up. Both Lucier and the woman claimed ownership of the dog.
But it was the microchip under Waffles skin that proved the dog was Lucier’s. Waffles is now recovering at home after her ordeal. The family says it will take some time to wash out all the dye out of her fur. The family is not pressing charges.