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Sadie, an Australian shepherd, was taken outside her home on Pickpocket Road on Sunday afternoon in Wakefield, possibly by a motorist who mistook the animal as lost or homeless. Sadie's family seeks her safe return. (Courtesy Wakefield Police Department)

Seen Sadie, the Australian shepherd?

WAKEFIELD — A local family is wrought with worry after a motorist who may have mistaken the dog as lost or homeless picked up their eight-month-old Australian Shepherd puppy, Sadie, on Sunday and drove away.

According to the family and Wakefield Police Department’s Animal Control Officer Fred Guldbrandsen, Sadie was picked up by a passerby driving a maroon vehicle, possibly a Hyundai SUV, outside a neighbor’s home at 397 Pickpocket Road on Sunday, June 22, between 4:40 and 5:15 p.m.

Sadie is eight months old, weights 25 pounds, and has mostly black fur with some brown and white patches.

Her owner’s family purchased the pure-bred dog for the couple’s three young children at Christmas time after their older dog, a chocolate Lab, passed away in November.

The dog’s owner, Brennan Peaslee, said Sadie, who is not spayed, often wanders between her home at 361 Pickpocket Road and the neighbors’ home at 397 Pickpocket Road.

The residents of that home only visit on weekends, so when a passing motorist picked up Sadie and asked the resident’s son if the dog belonged to him, he said no, he didn’t know anyone with a border collie, mistaking the dog’s breed, according to Peaslee.

The neighbor, according to Peaslee, did not know the family had gotten a new dog. The same afternoon, when she didn’t see Sadie nearby, Peaslee spoke briefly with the neighbor’s son who told her about the incident and then she unsuccessfully attempted to find the car that had driven off with the dog.

When the dog failed to be returned on Monday, concern grew. Sadie had not yet been returned by Wednesday.

Sadie is wearing a pink collar, but her ID Tag number, Wakefield 0925, had fallen off. She is not micro-chipped.

The Peaslee’s three children, aged seven, six and three, are heartbroken.

“I have full faith someone will do the right thing and bring her home,” she said.

Anyone with information about Sadie’s whereabouts or the motorists who took her is urged to call Wakefield Police Department at 522-3232 during normal business hours, or county dispatch at 539-2284 after hours.


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