Man breaks his pit bull out of animal shelter

Posted at 5:29 PM, Dec 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-30 08:24:05-05

SAN DIEGO -- A search was on Tuesday for a man who authorities say broke into a shelter for the San Diego Department of Animal Services, grabbed his pit bull and ran away.

Some workers told 10News the man, identified as Chris Snow, visited the shelter in Mission Valley and then came back a short time later with bolt cutters to free his dog Ryder.

Ryder had been locked up three other times for running loose, and 10News learned Snow did not want to pay the $340 it cost to release the dog.

Snow almost got away unnoticed had it not been for Animal Control Officer Danica White.

"I tried to stop him; he shoved me with his dog and his arm," White said.

White said she wasn't sure if Snow was armed or dangerous when she confronted him.

"I followed him out here … he still kept shoving me and cussing at me, running off," said White. "I told him, 'I am law enforcement and you are assaulting me,' and he didn't stop."

Authorities detained two of Snow's friends, but as of Tuesday afternoon, they have not tracked Snow down.