June 18, 2013
When Mary Wolfe, 24, was traveling from Alaska to Colorado last September with her dog, Nahla, she stopped in Seattle to visit friends.
|Mary Wolfe was reunited with Nahla on June 3, eight months after the dog disappeared.|
They brought her out to a pub, where Wolfe reluctantly tied Nahla up outside. (She was accustomed to bringing the dog into restaurants in Alaska.) Wolfe went out to check on Nahla every 10 to 15 minutes, often with a group of smokers who were at the bar. But a few minutes after the smokers left for the night, Wolfe went out and found that Nahla was gone.
Wolfe spent the next 8 months trying to find her Husky-Australian Shepherd mix, often getting leads on her Help Find Nahla Facebook page, and says she ran into strong opposition whenever she tried to investigate the group of smokers.
She says she was harassed via email, Facebook and Craigslist - until an investigator discovered that the harassing posts and false tips were coming from the same IP address.
Finally, Wolfe flew back to Washington to track her leads to the home of a woman who she says was with the smokers - and saw Nahla in the backyard of the woman's home. Wolfe called the police.
The women inside emphatically denied taking the dog from the pub, but the officer removed Nahla from the home to return her to Wolfe on June 3.
Nahla barked and yelped as she was happily reunited with her owner in the police car.
According to a police report, Wolfe said she just wanted to return to Colorado with her dog, and didn't want to press for further action from law enforcement.