Kenny is missing after his owner's truck was stolen with the dog inside. The family is offering a reward for his return. Call 304-638-3930.
October 27, 2011 @ 12:09 PM
CULLODEN,WV – Family members have found a missing beagle that was taken Tuesday as someone stolen a man’s truck outside of a Culloden barbershop.
The dog was found at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, on a ridge in Culloden, said Kathy Carter. The dog was found was as Carter’s husband and a friend rode all-terrain vehicles in the area.
That news came shortly after sheriff’s deputies filed an arrest warrant against Stephen Reed, 29, of Cuollden. It pertains the taking of the victim’s truck, said Cabell County Sheriff’s Detective Josh Robertson.
Cabell County Sheriff’s Sgt. Todd Wentz expected an additional charge to be filed in Putnam County. He said Reed had not been arrested as of Thursday morning.
News of the reunion and arrest warrant come as Bob Fannin’s family continued its all-out search, stopping at nothing to find his beagle named Kenny. A reward for the dog’s safe recovery grew Thursday to $2,000.
The beagle was in a Ford F-150 that was stolen late Tuesday morning from a barbershop along U.S. 60 in Culloden. Fannin had been inside getting a haircut. He had left the truck unlocked with its keys in the ignition. He watched a man pull away with his dog inside.
The truck was later discovered at a subdivision along Bills Creek Road near Winfield, W.Va., but the dog was no where to be found. The suspect’s girlfriend had called police alerting them to the truck’s location, according to Putnam County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy G. K. Barnett.
The grand larceny charge was linked the stolen truck, Robertson said. No charge had been filed in taking the beagle.
Sheriff’s deputies in Cabell and Putnam counties didn’t release Reed’s name initially, but that didn’t stop Fannin or his family from continuing its all-out search for Kenny.
Fannin’s daughter, Kathy Carter, said her father, husband and other volunteers have been doing detective work of their own. They know the suspect’s name and their efforts includes interviewing his girlfriend, his mother and area pawn shops. They hope locating the suspect leads to finding the beagle.
Family members also coordinated a ground search for 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. They planned to meet at a Culloden grocery store and move toward Benedict Road. Wednesday’s effort included an aerial search with a friend’s airplane, talks with area animal shelters and distributing filers throughout the community.
“We’re just going to give it all we’ve got,” Carter said. “We’re still hopeful and I guess optimistic. It’s getting cold and it’s raining, and you worry about him being outside and being cold and hungry. We hope if somebody does find him they bring him in, feed him and just give us a call.”
Carter said a woman from Jacksonville, Fla., learned of the family’s search and pledged to match the reward with $1,000 of her own. That raised the total to $2,000.
The suspect’s girlfriend told Fannin she did not see a beagle in the truck when she first spotted it and called police, Carter said. Deputies found no beagle or any sign of a beagle being around it, Barnett said.
Anyone with information about the beagle’s whereabouts should call Carter’s cell phone at 304-638-3930. The Cabell County Sheriff's Office can be reached at 304-743-1594.