Thank you to officers Jared Carruth and Nicholas Draper in stolen dogs case

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:02 pm

To whom it may concern, I wanted to personally recognize two individual officers who were instrumental in recovered my family's two stolen French bulldogs (we filed a police report Saturday, February 19th). This subject may seem insignificant in the big picture, but to our family and more particularly our two boys (age 9 and 11), it was a traumatic experience. In short our neighbor witnessed three men lure and leash our dogs from our front yard in broad daylight. I have never understood the power of social media, but I do now. 24 hours after saturating the social media outlets with "stolen dog" flyers, we received a call from a concerned neighbor in East Austin who had recently seen the dogs in a neighboring back yard. After calling the police, Office Jared Carruth (#7291) and Nicholas Draper (#7063) met me a quarter of a mile from the known location of our dogs. They were focused, extremely professional, asked critical questions & above all else listened intently (which meant a lot to me). After determining the appropriate action/response, they promptly visited the East Austin home and were able to convince the occupant to release the dogs to their rightful owner without incident. I was home with my family & dogs 30 minutes later. It is easy to sit here today and reflect on how quickly this case escalated and was ultimately resolved, but the nuances are easy to miss. As I sit here today, I am fully aware of the skill and disposition each of these officers possessed when confronting a difficult situation. On behalf of my family & the thousands of private citizens/"social network detectives" who mobilized to help spread the word of our loss, we wanted to say "thank you" to the Austin Police Department & specifically officers Carruth & Draper. As my father would say, "well done".

~Respectfully, TD

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