WEST PARIS — A 24-year-old man is facing charges he stole a dog after the animal, an American bulldog, had been reported stolen from its West Paris home.

The Oxford County sheriff’s office says Nicholas Libby of West Paris was found Wednesday in possession of Scarlett, the bulldog that was reported stolen Monday.

The Sun Journal says Scarlett was the latest of about 20 dogs, mostly pit bulls and other large, muscular breeds, that have been reported missing from Western Maine in recent months. A number of dogs were seen being picked up from yards by people in passing trucks or vans.

But Oxford County Detective Thomas Harriman said he didn’t know if the theft of Scarlet was related to the other dog thefts.