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* Richard Cochran Alameda pit bull owner arrested for stealing dog from shelter

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The 57-year-old owner of a dangerous pit bull that had been scheduled to be euthanized was arrested today on suspicion of stealing the dog from the Alameda Animal Shelter, Alameda police said.The 3-year-old dog, named “Max,” was taken at about 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, the same day it was set to be euthanized, from the shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way, police said.The suspect cut through a cyclone fence to access the shelter, and used bolt cutters to cut the lock off a kennel to remove the dog. The animal had been deemed dangerous by the Alameda County Superior Court after the dog was involved in two separate biting incidents in January and March, police said. A judge ordered it be euthanized.Today, Alameda police detectives interviewed one of the dog’s owners, Richard Cochran, and arrested him for burglary and conspiracy, police said.Cochran allegedly admitted to devising a plan to steal the dog and went to a store to purchase a set of bolt cutters, police said. According to police, he planned the burglary with Melissa Perry, his girlfriend and co-owner of the dog, and two other associates.Police say there is probable cause to arrest Perry and they are submitting a report to the district attorney’s office seeking an arrest warrant.The identity of the two other suspects and the location of the dog remain under investigation.

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