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September 2014


Two arrested in missing owl case

Waukesha County Sheriff's deputies have arrested two juvenile suspects in connection with the Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) break in that occurred over the weekend. However great horned owl Dakota that went missing after his cage was broken into has not been recovered.

"If you see or find a great horned owl with jesses (leather straps that would be dangling from his legs), or see an owl that is acting very friendly please contact the Wildlife in Need Center at (262) 965-3090, your local humane society, or the Waukesha County Sheriff’s department who is investigating this theft."Sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning someone used a piece of cage equipment to climb a fence and gain access to the center. While there they broke into three animal cages one housed Dakota.

According to reports, a tip late Sunday led police to a Facebook page posting that resulted in the arrests. Lt. Bryan Ulm said it's likely at least one will be charged and police are still seeking another person possibly involved in taking Dakota from his cage.

The search continues for Dakota. It's unsure if the owl was kidnapped or flew the coop and is loose somewhere in the area. The 11-year-old great horned owl has lived in captivity for most of his life and does not know how to hunt for food.

The owl was stolen from his nest when he was a baby and later surrendered to WINC. He has lived there for the past decade serving as an animal ambassador through WINC education programs. Those who know Dakota have called the center to offer condolences, support and even reward money for the owl's safe return.

Dakota is not afraid of people, he may appear friendly and has leather straps tied to his legs. If you think you see Dakota or have information that could help with his return, call the WINC at (262) 965-3090 or the Sheriff’s Department (262) 548-7126.

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