A plot to break a dog out of the pound in the wee hours of Sunday morning landed two young men in jail.
A third juvenile suspect was also taken to jail and released to the custody of his mother, according to Wilson Police Chief Felix Hernandez. It all happened at about 2:50 a.m. Sunday.
Hernandez said Officer Ronald Doughty spotted the three men when he was patrolling the area and noticed the door of the pound swinging open.
“Two of them took off running and Mr. (Mathew) Gonzales had the dog in his arms,” Hernandez said. “When (Doughty) went to check, they had broken into the dog pound to break out the dog.”
The officer knew the dog had been picked up last week for running at large. The owners of Luke the dog had been told the dog would be kept until a pen was built because Luke has a tendency to escape, Hernandez said.
In the meantime, the dog’s owner passed away and a memorial service was scheduled on Sunday.
“These kids heard rumors that the dog was going to be put to sleep Monday,” Hernandez said. “They all thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if we go break out the dog and take it to the family and they’ll all be happy because they got the dog back?’
“Well, it doesn’t work like that,” he said. “You can’t go break out a dog and break into a place. The family, of course, knew that we were not going to put the dog down. We were just waiting for a pen to be built.”
Gonzales, 22, and James Thompson, 18, were charged Monday with second-degree burglary and bonded out of the Carter County Detention Facility. Bond was set at $2,000 each, according to the Carter County District Attorney’s office.