DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. - The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help tracking down three highly trained police dogs that were stolen from a private kennel in Douglas County overnight.
Undersheriff Tony Spurlock told 7NEWS that someone entered the Gunbil German Shepherds Kennel on Arfsten Road and released 13 dogs late Friday night or early Saturday morning.
“Ten of the dogs were recovered,” Spurlock said. “They were the young ones, who stayed close by, but the three most highly trained dogs are still missing.”
He said they appear to have been stolen.
“One of them, Alphonso, is a highly trained military attack dog,” Spurlock said. “The other two are trained guard dogs.”
Kennel owner Amy Gunbil told 7NEWS that she can’t believe someone would come on private property in a remote area and steal canines.
When asked what a thief might do with the dogs, Gunbil replied, “probably sell them.”
Spurlock said the three missing dogs are worth a lot of money. He too said that a thief would likely try to sell the dogs, or use them to protect property or criminal operations.
Spurlock told 7NEWS that the military attack dog would likely not attack unless it was provoked.
“But if it attacks,” he said, “it’s trained to not give up. That's our main concern.”
Spurlock says that if you see these dogs roaming in Southeast Douglas County or if you see someone who just acquired a highly trained German Shepherd, do not approach them, contact your local law enforcement agency.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is following up on leads and is requesting anyone with additional information to call 911 if it’s an emergency, or the DCSO TIP line at 303-660-7579.