KENNEBUNK — The Animal Welfare Society in West Kennebunk is asking for the public’s help to locate a puppy that may have been stolen over the weekend.

Walton, a 4-month-old mixed breed male, disappeared from the quarantine area of the Animal Welfare Society early Sunday afternoon. Shelter staff believe a woman last seen with the puppy on a leash may have stolen Walton, said Gail Crowell, the shelter’s program coordinator. The quarantine is closed to the public.

“One of our staff saw the woman with the dog on a leash, but didn’t think anything of it,” Crowell said.
Staff members realized around 2 p.m. the dog was missing and that the woman seen with the dog was not a volunteer or members of the staff.

Walton was not yet available for adoption and had not had all his medical and temperament tests.
The shelter has sent Walton’s photo to about 30 area veterinarians and is offering a reward for his return.

“You can’t hide a puppy forever. They need to go to the vet, they need to go out,” Crowell said. “This puppy’s markings are very unique. We’re confident we’re going to get this dog back.”

Walton weighs about 20 pounds and is black and tan. His left front paw and the tip of his tail are white.

A dog was stolen from the shelter last year and later returned. In that incident, no one was seen taking or returning the dog, Crowell said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 985-3244 or 650-1112.