Suspect Wanted For Stealing Dog During Johnston Co. Animal Shelter Break-In

UPDATE: The dog is okay and has been returned to the the animal shelter.

SMITHFIELD – Detectives with the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a break-in this morning (Thursday) at the Johnston County Animal Shelter on Shelter Way in Smithfield.

The suspect was captured on surveillance cameras entering the animal shelter and stealing a black and brown pit bull dog named “Brooklyn”. The dog was later recovered near the intersection of N. Ninth and Hancock Streets in Smithfield after a witness saw the dog being forcibly thrown from a moving vehicle and into the roadway.

The vehicle was described as a black or dark blue Honda sedan, possibly a Honda Accord.

If you have any information that could help authorities identify this suspect, please contact the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office at 919-989-5000. Callers may remain anonymous


  1. If someone would do this to a defenseless animal, they would do it to a human. Sick, Sick world…

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