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Bronze Dog Statue Stolen From Marin Humane Society

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Skippy the dog appears with a statue of his likeness at the Marin Humane Society dog park in Novato. (CBS)

Skippy the dog appears with a statue of his likeness at the Marin Humane Society dog park in Novato. (CBS)

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NOVATO (CBS 5) — Skippy the dog was an ambassador for the Marin Humane Society. Just weeks after his death, a bronze statue donated in Skippy’s honor has gone missing.

Before his death on July 17th, the Jack Russell terrier worked as a therapy dog for the humane society. Tom and Marianne O’Connell donated the statue to honor Skippy’s work.

According to the humane society, the statue was stolen from the society’s dog park in Novato last weekend.

“We’re not sure, there are some theories,” said Carrie Harrington of the humane society. “The statue was made out of bronze, so there are some theories that perhaps somebody was looking to make some money off of it.”

The theft of Skippy’s statue added insult to the pain of loss felt by the O’Connell’s. Tom O’Connell told CBS 5, “Skippy had something special, kind of cheered everyone up when he was around.”

According to O’Connell, Skippy worked as a therapy dog in multiple venues. “The Marin County school system, working with special needs children,” O’Connell said. “And most recently he became a volunteer in hospice where he’d visit hospice patients one day a week as well, and he was the first dog that actually started that program.”

The Marin Humane Society said it could replace the statue. The O’Connell’s said while they cannot replace Skippy, they will have another dog follow in his footsteps.

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