Authorities in Cortland County are looking into a pair of incidents in which pet dogs may have been snatched.

According to the sheriff's office, both cases occurred in September.


Police are investigating the disappearance of a beagle which was similar in appearance to this dog. [Cortland County Sheriff's Office photo][/caption]

The first incident happened at about 2 p.m. on September 9 near 2272 Route 11 in the Town of Virgil.

In that case, a three-year-old male tri-colored beagle disappeared. The dog, which has a black back and a white chest, was wearing a blue collar.

An early-2000s white Chevrolet van with New York license plates was seen in the area around the time the dog vanished. A man was spotted getting out of the vehicle before driving away.

The second incident happened on September 27 near 1912 McGraw Marathon Road in the Town of Freetown.

A two-year-old orange and white female Brittany Spaniel disappeared. That dog was wearing a blue collar with the owner's information on it.

Sergeant Michael Winchell said investigators have followed up on "a couple of leads" but have made no arrests.

People with information about the missing dogs may contact the Cortland County Sheriff's Office at 607.758.5531

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