UPDATED: Dog Stolen from MSPCA-Nevins Farm Moments Before Adoption

April 12, 2013


Pete was anonymously dropped off at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm at 400 Broadway in Methuen, Mass. around 1:00p.m. on Friday, April 12.  He is unharmed and appears to be in fine condition.  A volunteer found him walking on the property.  The MSPCA-Nevins Farm does not know who stole and returned him, but will share information as it comes in.


Methuen, Mass.—April 12, 2013 – Moments before he was to head to his new adoptive home yesterday afternoon, five-year-old Beagle “Pete” was stolen from the MSPCA-Nevins Farm adoption center in Methuen, Mass., and the organization is asking for the public’s help in find him.  Pete, who is brown and white and last seen wearing a red collar, was stolen sometime between 1:00p.m. and 5:00p.m. from the property at 400 Broadway. 

Mike Keiley, Director of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center at Nevins Farm, is adamant that the top priority is Pete’s safe return.  “We’re asking that the person who took Pete return him safely to our care.  We will not pursue any charges; we just want the dog back so he can be adopted into his new family.”  Keiley added that the theft comes only a week before he is due to review plans for a sophisticated surveillance system that will be installed on the farm.

 Pete is five years old, white and brown and was last seen wearing a red collar (credit: MSPCA-Angell)

Anyone with information about Pete’s whereabouts is asked to contact Mike Keiley directly at mkeiley@mspca.org or call the MSPCA-Nevins Farm at 978-687-7453 and ext. 6101.

The Search Intensifies

Pete’s case is unique in that he was stolen moments before his adoption, with his new owner in the lobby waiting to pick him up.  And he was spotted multiple times in his kennel prior to the adoption center opening for the day.  Said Keiley, “It’s a perplexing case but we’re doing everything we can.  We’ve reported him as stolen so that should his microchip be scanned at an animal control office or by a veterinarian, we’ll receive a call.”  Pete’s theft has been reported to the Methuen Police Department and the Nevins Farm team will also engage Granite State Dog Recovery, a volunteer group that uses high-tech equipment and expert search teams to recover lost or stolen animals.

Animal thefts from the MSPCA’s three adoption centers are rare but not unheard of.  In January of this year a rabbit named “Lovey” was stolen from the Nevins Farm and has yet to be recovered.  And in 2011 a 150-pound Bull Mastiff named “Mufasa” was stolen by someone who posed as a potential adopter and took the dog for a walk.  Mufasa was ultimately recovered and adopted into a new home.




The MSPCA-Angell is a national and international leader in animal protection and veterinary medicine and provides direct hands-on care for thousands of animals each year. Founded in 1868, it is the second-oldest humane society in the United States. Services include animal protection and adoption, advocacy, humane education, law enforcement, and world-class veterinary care. The MSPCA-Angell is a private, non-profit organization. It does not receive any government funding nor is it funded or operated by any national humane organization. The MSPCA-Angell relies solely on the support and contributions of individuals who care about animals. Please visit www.mspca.org.