CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Vicki Arthur just wants her 5-pound Yorkshire terrier back.Meanwhile, police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a Charleston woman who they believe stole it -- Arthur's former daughter-in-law.Police are looking for Cassandra Danyel Arthur, 26, of Derricks Road, according to Putnam County Sheriff's Detective Shawn Johnson. They plan to charge her with grand larceny, Johnson said, as the dog is worth $1,200.Johnson said on Jan. 22, Cassandra Arthur took the dog from Vicki Arthur's yard in Liberty in Putnam County. She then took the dog to the Go-Mart in Kanawha City, he said.
"I interviewed clerks [at the gas station] who said at first she was trying to sell it," Johnson said. "Then she tried giving it away."One woman who works at the store wanted the dog, but couldn't take it because her shift didn't end for another few hours, according to Johnson.Cassandra Arthur is allegedly on video at IHOP, which is adjacent to the gas station, with the dog, but then gets in her car and leaves without it, Johnson said."I talked to waitresses at IHOP, who said she gave it to a blonde woman there," Johnson said. "They didn't know who she was."The 7-year-old dog, "Sr. Lancelot Puddles Arthur" is an important part of Vicki Arthur's family."We just call him Puddles," she said. "He's the best dog I've ever had. ... He just loves everyone, he has the best personality."Vicki Arthur believes custody issues over her granddaughter prompted the theft."I tried to stop her ... I was jumping up and down screaming," she recalled.Johnson said he's tried to locate Cassandra Arthur. He hopes whoever has the dog will come forward.Vicki Arthur said she's offering a $500 reward if Puddles is returned unharmed. "I hear him at the door crying. I can't tell you how many times I've gone to the door thinking he'd be there," she said. "It's terrible.
"Please, this is our family member, this is not just a dog to us ... Even if you think you're going to get in trouble because it was stolen -- give it to somebody else to return," Arthur said. "Drop it off at the police station, or in my yard anonymously."To reach Vicki Arthur, who lives on Fisher Ridge Road in Liberty, call 304-541-2713, or reach the Putnam Sheriff's Department at 304-586-0205.Reach Kate White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-1723.