BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Police say they're investigating an alleged dog theft in Roxbury from earlier this month. Police say a couple reported their missing one-year-old Pomeranian, Sasha, on September 8. They accused a Roxbury woman of stealing the dog.
The couple told police that they had used the dog-sitting service Rover to look after the dog, which they valued at $4,500. The couple's names were redacted in a police report obtained by WBZ NewsRadio.
Police said the couple met their dog-sitter on August 22, and agreed to have her look after the dog during their vacation. The sitter, also unnamed, was texting the couple throughout their vacation, until they got home to get their dog back.
Then, they were told that their dog had been lost. After police tracked her down, officers say the pet-sitter told them the dog had gone missing, and that she couldn't get in contact with the owners because she "dropped her phone in water."
Officers said they went back to the home to talk to the woman, and she refused them entry and didn't want them to check her home for the missing dog. The investigation is still ongoing.
WBZ NewsRadio has reached out to Rover for comment. A spokeswoman said the experience is "highly unusual" on Rover's platform and that the company is working with the police.
This article was updated 9/22