On August 1, 2019, a 30-year-old woman in Longmont, Colorado, is being accused of stealing a dog from a 59-year-old veteran who died after a seizure outside a 7 Eleven.
“Earlier this morning, just before 5 am, on 8/1/19, Longmont police responded to a service call to investigate a motor vehicle theft involving suspect Melody Mellon, 30. During her investigation, Ms. Mellon was also identified as a suspect in the missing Sampson (dog) investigation,” the police wrote.
Robert Corbey had felt sick all day and decided to walk with his dog to the local store. “While there, he fell, suffered a seizure and was taken to hospital. Unfortunately, he didn’t survive.”
When the first responders tried to revive him at the scene, Melody Mellon grabbed the dog and left.
Police Chief Jeff Satur saw the dog walking with a couple while on patrol: he was told a woman had given them the animal. “He stood out,” Satur told CBS4. “I thought, ‘Oh, there it is!’ I recognized him immediately.”
Kelly Pleffner told the TV station that Sampson was Corbey’s certified therapy dog because he was suffering from depression. “He was his light.”
Fortunately, the police have confirmed that the dog, Sampson or Sammy, has been reunited with his family during: “We understand this was an emotional gathering. But, kisses everywhere for the large group of families who came to pick up Sampson (Sammy). I was delighted to see you,” the police wrote.
Police had previously written: “Recently, Deputy Chief of Police Satur was on his way to Main Street and saw what he thought Sampson was. He contacted people with the dog, and indeed it was him. He’ll be reunited with his family soon.”
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