After Great Dane pup stolen and returned injured apology note arrives

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In Bastrop County, Texas, a family’s beloved six-month-old Great Dane puppy was stolen from their backyard as they were just finishing up a birthday celebration for their five-year-old son.

According to KxanNews, the puppy’s owner, Robert Carnline went outside to bring the dog named Landon into the house and realized he was gone. The family searched the entire neighborhood – yelling out the puppy’s name and asking anyone if they had seen their dog. No one had seen him. And now the story gets  bizarre. The next morning Landon was returned, however he had “horrible” injuries and so the family rushed him to the vet.

“Landon was taken from our back yard, someone busted our gate and we have evidence of him being dragged out of our back yard. (Foot prints, landons foot prints and drag marks),” Michelle Carnline wrote.

After a thorough examination, the veterinarian stated the injuries had been caused by the dog having been dragged. The puppy suffered lacerations to the inside of his left leg,  deep abrasions along his back and deep wounds down to the bone on his paws. As the family tried to figure out what could have happened to their puppy, they also found a note apologizing for Landon’s injuries.

“My son took your dog. We will punish him accordingly. I do apologize again. Please don’t get the police involved. He’s just a kid,” the note read.

The Bastrop Sheriff’s Office is investigating and stated the responsible person could face two misdemeanor charges – animal cruelty and theft.

The family is asking for the community’s help identifying the person responsible for stealing and hurting Landon. They plan to install a security system with cameras to keep this from happening again. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with the puppy’s medical expenses. The puppy underwent surgery and is expected to make a complete recovery.

(Photos of the Great Dane puppy via family submitted and GoFundMe page)

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19 replies
  1. Adrienne says:

    Besides an apology and not to get the police involved because their son is a child, maybe they could have offered to help with his medical care or something other than don’t involve the police because their son is a child. When will this child ever learn if daddy steps in to cover up for what he does? Owning up and coming forward would end that cycle and put his son on the right path.

  2. Diana Roby says:

    Get well soon, Landon. I hope you get justice. Since they had just had a birthday party for their 5 yr old son, it sounds like one of the kids there decided to take Landon. They should be able to identify them. It sounds like the parents are totally enabling their brat, I mean son. Returning Landon in that shape. They should have manned up and admit what their son did & pay for the vet care. I hope they find out who the guilty family is. There needs to be consequences for what he did.

  3. pennysdachshunds says:


  4. Melissa Gurley says:

    It’s probably someone who lives close by I hope you find this person and I will pray for your sweet puppy

  5. J. Martin says:

    Don’t call the cops! Just a kid! You’ll punish him. Oh really .. Maybe take way his phone … computer … tv??? Who gives a shit that your satanic little bastard is just a kid. I’d beat the supreme FUCK out of him. Guarantee he’d never do it again

  6. Barkley's Mom says:

    Will the kid be punished? If he had been raised properly in the first place he would never have stolen Landon and if these parents want to impress on the kid he did wrong then they should march him over there an let him face the music. They should also pay for the medical expenses, I do hope they find who did this, and I do hope they get some justice for Landon out of this.

  7. Dee says:

    ‘Just a kid’…..a kid wouldn’t have the strength to drag and injure a Great Dane to the extent that this person did. I’m sure this ‘kid’ is of age to be prosecuted and also old enough to know that what he did was wrong. He needs to be punished , as this is an indication of what he might do in the future. Not only to animals but also to human beings. Something very fishy here…..I’m sure the note wasn’t even written by parents.

  8. Nancy Raymond says:

    If the writer really cared they would turn this lousy example of a son in to the family, offer to pay for Landon’s medical expenses – this ‘just a kid’ severely hurt the dog and needs to be held responsible for his actions – and this crap father needs to step up and do the right thing instead of writing an almost illegible apology. Landon deserves justice and this punk kid deserves to be prosecuted – let him go to court and take the punishment. Both father and son are prime examples of cowards.

  9. Me' says:

    So sorry your son is just a kid BUT just a kid should be punished by the law. He did break it. Theft then abusing the dog. So sorry but I would involve the police. Your just a kid will be found and just a kids parents will be paying all bills associated to the care past present and future. Raise your kids better. Psycopath on the making.

  10. Dana says:

    A kid? Right!! Had to be a giant kid to get poor Landon out of the back yard by dragging him??
    Noooo!! Involve the authorities this “kid” needs to be held accountable for what he did to this innocent puppy and his family.

  11. Judy says:

    He’s just a kid so that makes it OK? He must have been an older kid if he had the strength to drag a Great Dane. The victims should involve the police. This “kid” and his family need to learn that there are consequences for their actions. That “kid” needs to be made accountable. If he is protected, he will only get worse. The victims need to pursue payment of vet bills from the perp

  12. Pamela Garlisch says:

    It wasn’t one of the kids at the party, I 5 year old couldn’t drag a dog like that. Possibly an older brother of one of the kids there? I would do a thorough search and prosecute the brat, scare him within an inch of his life! I wouldn’t depend on the parents to punish him, they didn’t do such a good job so far.

  13. Maria says:

    No excuse! He had to be a big kid to drag that poor dog! Psycho in the making! Find out who he is and make him pay the vet bills! Good parenting… not!

  14. Red says:

    Bull crap! I don’t care if the guilty person is a baby…..they are guilty of stealing and torture!!!! Find the little brat and if too young to throw in jail….at least give his/her family a HUGE FINE and make them pay the vet bills!!!!!!!!!!!!


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