Owner of Molly the Dog speaks out, says city shelter wants $350 before she can get dog back

By KBJR News 1

April 9, 2014 Updated Apr 10, 2014 at 9:39 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- The road for Molly the Dog to come home to her rightful owner has gotten a little tougher.

Molly's owner, Candace Mead, is speaking out for the first time since her dog was found lying in a yard of a Duluth firefighter with her front legs zip tied.

Mead says she has been down to the City of Duluth Animal Shelter to see Molly every day, and she is making great progress, but she just wants her dog back.

Mead says the 3-year-old dog was passed down from her grandpa to her and is a major part of her and her daughter's life.

Mead says there is a void in the home without Molly, but the city shelter wants an impound fee before she can get the dog back, leaving her devastated.

"It's been really tough because I have to deal with not being able to see her. She goes through this huge traumatic event and I can't do anything to help her. They're asking for a $350 payment to get her back and as far as my budget goes, it's not feasible for me right now," said Mead.

Mead says the soonest she could save up money to get Molly back would be the end of the month.

She also wants to say thank you to the entire Northland for they're overwhelming support of her and Molly during this time.

Molly was missing for three days before she was found Monday morning in the firefighters yard.

There is an open police investigation into the circumstances of what happened to the dog.

Mead declined to talk about the circumstances, citing the police investigation, but says she will tell the story when the time is right and the person responsible is held accountable.

Written and posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati