The next morning, Dube took his 15-year-old daughter, Lauren, and accompanied Racicot and Rotella on a search, suspecting those might be the dogs missing from Northern Puppies.
They were combing the area on Collins Road in Schuyler Falls when they met two bikers. The police officers alerted them to the situation, and the bikers went one direction and the search party in the other.
Almost immediately, the bikers found Dallas, whimpering, about 50 feet into the forest.
As the search continued, they received word that the two shepherd puppies were, in fact, from the pet store.
Further information led them to believe that any of the missing puppies would likely have nail-polish marks in their ears. That piece of information is how police were able to identify which puppies were originally from the store, Dube said.
“We interviewed dozens and dozens of people,” Dube said, and the search went until about 6 p.m.
Soon after, Dube was notified that Mr. Staley was at the station, requesting to speak with him, the detective said.
“We learned the true story of what had happened; we went back out searching,” with Staley leading police to the areas where he allegedly said he had abandoned the puppies.
The group found more dogs on a dirt road in Macomb State Park.
“We found five little puppies all huddled together on an old sheet that just happened to be there,” Dube said. “They all came running out, and there wasn’t a dry eye.
“Seeing them, you realize how defenseless they really were.”
Meanwhile, the news of the missing pups was spreading quickly on social media, Dube said.
Dispatchers at the station began receiving calls of puppies that had been found.
Throughout the week, City Police dispatchers were even more busy than usual as public concern mounted.