Husky dog Ghost saluted for finding stolen zoo sculpture

A dog named Ghost was awarded top honors from city officials on Monday for helping find a statue that had been stolen five days earlier from the Salisbury Zoo.

A dog named Ghost was awarded top honors from city officials for being a very good boy when he found a bronze statue that had been stolen five days earlier from the Salisbury Zoo.

The sculpture of a great blue heron was taken from the herb garden near the main entrance to the zoo on Feb. 3.

“To say the least, the zoo staff was quite upset about this,” City Administrator Julia Glanz said at Monday night’s City Council meeting.

But while out with his owner, April Todd, on Feb. 8 at the city’s dog park, Ghost put his detective skills to use and sniffed out the missing statue that had been discarded nearby.

For his efforts, the husky was presented with a “Goodest Boy Award” and some doggy treats from the mayor’s office and an Exceptional Duty Medal from Police Chief Barbara Duncan.

Duncan also presented a Civilian Award to Todd.

During the presentations, Ghost seemed more interested in his red rubber ball and making friends with people in the audience.

“He’s a very curious dog as you can see,” Todd said.

The great blue heron sculpture made by Turner Sculpture in Onley was selected by and paid for by the Lower Shore Herb Society which has held its meetings at the zoo for more than 20 years, said Carrie Samis, zoo’s former education curator. The group also created herb garden just inside the east entrance of the zoo.

“While I was at the zoo, they decided they wanted a centerpiece for the garden,” Samis said. “The zoo is fortunate to have several Turner sculptures, so we decided to get another.”

The zoo’s sculpture is the most recent incident of metal thefts in the area. The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division said it is investigating numerous thefts of burial site ornaments and vases at Springhill Memory Gardens.

More than 100 items have been recovered and investigators are actively working to identify those responsible, the department. 

The great blue heron sculpture recovered by Ghost was made by Turner Sculpture in Onley and paid for by the Lower Shore Herb Society.

The Sheriff’s Office estimated that there may be as many as several hundred victims. Investigators believe that there may be victims still outstanding who are unaware of these thefts.

Anyone who has had any such items stolen from the Springhill Memory Gardens grounds to contact Detective Clark at 410-548-4892, Extension 229. Those who have already made reports with the Sheriff’s Office do not need to call again.

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