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UPDATE: Timber Ridge Farm has offered a $5,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction of the person who stole and abandoned Uhdelle. If no one comes forward, the money will be used as a Justice for Uhdelle Scholarship Fund for assisting the education and improving the training opportunities for animal first responders.
SACO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Saco and Buxton Police Departments continue to investigate who stole a five-year-old German Shepherd Monday.
Doreen Metcalf took her dogs for a walk Monday on Simpson Road. She puts GPS collars on the dogs so they can roam free. Metcalf said it is not unusual for the dogs to wander a little, but that they always return home.
"They don't usually go too far but every now and then they do a bit and come right back," said Metcalf.
Uhdelle, the five-year-old dog, did not return home Monday. Metcalf went out looking for where the GPS collar last recorded Uhdelle's position. Uhdelle was not there.
"I get to that location and she isn't there. The collar isn't there, and I immediately suspect that something is just really wrong here with this picture because she wouldn't have gone there," said Metcalf.
Evidence from the tracking collar attached to Uhdelle indicates that she was taken from the area in a motor vehicle.
Police say on Monday evening, Uhdelle was struck by a car and killed in Gray, approximately 30 miles away.
"When Uhdelle came home, [the other dogs] smelled her and they saw her and they said their goodbyes," Metcalf said. "She was a beautiful dog and she didn't deserve to be taken."
The Buxton and Saco Police Departments are working closely together to track Uhdelle’s movements and develop information about who may be responsible for the dog’s disappearance.
Saco Chief Brad Paul and Buxton Chief Troy Cline are asking that anyone who may have information about this case to contact either agency.
Specifically, they are seeking information about whether anyone may have seen Uhdelle, described as an all-black fully grown shepherd, being transported in a motor vehicle anytime during the day on Monday, particularly in the Buxton-Gorham-Scarborough area and north to Gray.
Police declined to discuss evidence related to the case as it is an ongoing investigation.
Saco Police Department: (207) 284-4535 Buxton Police Department: (207) 929-5151