WEST PARIS — A West Paris man has been arrested in connection with the theft of a missing dog.
The Oxford County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday that Nicholas P. Libby, 24, was charged with theft after Detective Thomas Harriman found him in possession of Scarlett, an American bulldog who was reported stolen Monday.
Scarlett's owner, Louisa Westleigh, said she's “happy to have her home.”
According to Westleigh, Scarlett's dew claws had been removed and a laceration on her chin, and it appears someone had tried to breed her. Scarlett is going to the vet Thursday morning, Westleigh said.
Scarlett was the latest of about 20 dogs, mostly pit bulls and other large, muscular breeds, gone missing from Western Maine in recent months. According to a release from the Sheriff's Office, investigators don't know whether the incident is connected with other recent dog thefts.
The suspect, Libby, was charged with theft and violation of conditions of release. He is not eligible for bail, and is expected to be arraigned Friday in South Paris District Court.
NOTE: A previous version of this story incorrectly described Scarlett's breed. It has been corrected.