Foster dog stolen from Robbinsdale, Minn. home during burglary

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Photo courtesy of Ruff Start Rescue and Ashley Jozelic/Vintage Kamera Photography

UPDATE: Shermie the dog has been returned to his family as of June 4.

A local animal rescue is asking for help after a dog was stolen from his foster family’s home in Robbinsdale, Minnesota during a burglary early Thursday morning. 

The burglary occurred at a home on the 3900 block of Halifax Avenue North. Sometime during the night, a suspect entered the home through an unlocked window while the family was inside and stole several items, including electronics, wallets, a vehicle and Shermie, the dog the family was fostering for Ruff Start Rescue, according to the Robbinsdale Police Department. 

The stolen vehicle was found unoccupied a short time later. 

Shermie, a three-month-old boxer mix, had been with his foster mom, Chelsie Curry, for about one and a half months. He was in his kennel in the basement at the time of the burglary, across the hall from Curry’s seven-year-old daughter.

“She was terrified to go downstairs so I went down there with her,” Curry said. “She’s screaming, ‘They stole Sherman!’” 

Shermie came to Ruff Start from an overcrowded shelter in Oklahoma. He is currently on antibiotics for an upper respiratory infection. 

“He’s already been through some traumatic experiences and was finally just settling into a home and now this,” said Azure Davis, the rescue’s founder. 

The rescue is asking whoever took Shermie to bring him to the nearest veterinary clinic—no questions asked. 

“The hope is that they just thought this was a cute dog and ‘I just want to bring them home’ and the odds of that are just not likely if this is someone who went in and robbed someone’s house and took everything,” Davis said.

Robbinsdale police are continuing to investigate the burglary. Curry and Davis said they just want Sherime returned safely. 

“He was so good,” Curry said. “I kept debating about adopting him, but I didn’t know if I could commit.”