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New Mexico man accused of bringing search and rescue dogs arrested

A 64-year-old man suspected of taking three certified search and rescue dogs and eight puppies to a home in Carlsbad, New Mexico, was arrested in Bexar County on Monday.

According to a news release, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said the Carlsbad Police Department has requested assistance in arresting Jon Green, who is charged with breaking and entering his ex’s home. wife and taking the keys to her 2015 Ford Expedition and her medication. Authorities said he then fled the house in the vehicle, which had all 11 dogs inside. One of the search and rescue dogs was pregnant, authorities said.

On Monday, the police department alerted BCSO that Green might be at a local hospital for an appointment. Deputies were able to arrest Green at the hospital without incident, the statement said.

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Green, who has 15 New Mexico warrants, is in Bexar County Jail awaiting extradition, according to the statement. Green faces multiple charges including vehicle theft, fraud, tampering and concealment of identity.

Green has already spent eight years in prison for burning down a Monaco penthouse that resulted in the deaths of two people, including billionaire Edmond Safra, according to Newsweek. Green then used the name “Ted Maher”.

The search and rescue dogs have been reunited with their owners.

A graphic from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office shows the missing dogs

Bexar County Sheriff’s Office

The charges against Green range from residential burglary and theft to unlawful seizure of a motor vehicle, according to online court records. A status hearing is scheduled for July 17.

According to the Carlsbad Current-Argus, Kim Lark, Green’s ex-wife and owner of the dogs, used the services of San Antonio-based private investigator Abel Peña to track down the dogs and Green. Lark trains a dog for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security.

After Peña tracked down Green, he informed Lark through a message and a photo of the dogs, the newspaper reported.

“I will forever be indebted to him and can’t thank him enough for finding my dogs,” Lark told the Current-Argus. “If it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t have solved this problem.”