UPDATE: Puppies not Abandoned, Cloquet Police say More to Story

Police Continue to Investigate the Incident

UPDATE: After further investigation the Cloquet Police Department say they have learned that the puppies were not abandoned at the Sather Park.

Instead, officers say they learned the juveniles that purchased the puppies thought that telling their parents they found the puppies would increase their chance of keeping the animals.

When the juveniles were unsuccessful the information about the dogs being abandoned at the park quickly spread throughout social media leading to the notification of the police department.

The dogs remain with the reporter of the incident who had agreed to take the dogs in before police involvement.

“On December 6, 2018, officers from the CPD continued interviewing people in an attempt to answer some of the missing information and questions related to the abandoned puppies in Sather Park in Scanlon last night.

Officers learned that the animals had not been abandoned in the park. Instead, some juveniles had purchased or received the puppies and thought by telling a parent(s) they found the puppies would increase the chance of them keeping the animals. When they were unsuccessful, the information and availability of the dogs quickly spread via social media and electronic communications before the CPD was eventually notified.

All who were involved have been notified, and the dogs remain with the reporter of the incident who agreed to take possession of the animals before CPD’s involvement. Based on the information and statements obtained by the officers today, we do not believe the puppies were abandoned or left outside in the elements as previously mentioned.

We apologize for any inconvenience or unnecessary emotions this incident has caused with the original posting. Our goal at CPD is to be engaging and to share as much information with our community as possible, and we understand it is more important to be accurate than first.”


SCANLON, Minn. – The Cloquet Police Department has issued a community message in response to two puppies found abandoned in a box at Sather Park in Scanlon.

Officers were called to the park Wednesday night when a passerby found the abandoned dogs. The person who found the dogs brought them to a vet hospital to assess their condition.

The police department says they continue to receive information about the possible owner(s) and are actively investigating the incident.

The puppies are currently with the person who found them and they are working with a local shelter to determine long term placement.

If you have any information related to the incident you can contact the Cloquet Police Department at 218-879-1247 or via Nixle Tip Line by texting TIP CLOQUETPD followed by your message to 888777 or by email at tips@cloquetmn.gov.

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