SHARONVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Sanjay Paul needed someone to watch his three dogs earlier this month while he went out of town.
He put an ad on Craigslist and says the man who came to his home was clean cut and well dressed.
"He seemed very trustworthy," said Paul. "I asked him, 'tell me about the animal places near you and do you know about any animal hospitals?' He knew two. He also knew about a dog park. Plus, he said 'this is what they're going to be doing.'"
Paul paid him half his fee up front but then his trip got cancelled. He went to get his dogs and told the man he's still in town and wanted to see his dogs.
Paul knocked on his apartment door but heard no barking.
"I said, 'Where are my dogs?' He said, 'I don't know you' and the girl with him says, 'what dogs?'" said Paul.
Police told Paul that the man, Trevor Weil, let the dogs out at Highway 28 in Milford. The dogs went down the street to an apartment complex, where they started barking.
Someone called police, and Officer Anne Morgan found the two dogs and put them in her police cruiser.
Witness Heather Kretzler noticed one of the dogs.
"I thought maybe I could catch it so it didn't get hit on the highway," said Kretzler. "And it came right up to me. He was real friendly and I saw a police cruiser coming down the street real slowly. She had two dogs in the back seat, three total. She said she didn't know who the owner was and asked me if I could keep them overnight. I said 'yes' and I kept all three."
The next morning, Kretzler took the dogs to the Clermont County Animal Shelter. One of the dogs, a pit bull, was euthanized. Animal shelter officials told FOX19 that it is policy to euthanize any pet that they determine to be unadoptable.
Paul contacted Lt. John Cook at Sharonville Police. Cook and his officers eventually found the dogs at the Clermont County Animal Shelter. When Paul went to get them, he learned that Cleopatra, his pit bull, was put down.
Weil was arrested and charged with one count of theft. He was released on his own recognizance from the Hamilton County Justice Center.
Through the process, Paul says he learned the value of having his pets micro-chipped. He went to an event over the weekend by All Dogs Come from Heaven Rescue and had his other two dogs micro-chipped.