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Police respond to late-night call from Superior shelter, find puppy chewing alarm wires (with video)

Tennille, a mixed breed puppy, on Wednesday licks the face of her new owner, Adam Borchert, who is a Lake County Sheriff's deputy. While at the Animal Allies Humane Society Superior shelter, Tennille set off the alarm system while chewing through wires at the shelter Tuesday night, causing the Superior Police Department to respond to the resulting 911 call. (Clint Austin / / 2

Lake County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Borchert collared a juvenile delinquent on Wednesday.

Then he brought the offender home, with a bag of kibble.

Borchert is the new owner of a 3-month-old puppy named Tennille -- soon to be renamed, probably Dakota -- who had quite an eventful final night at the Animal Allies Humane Society shelter in Superior. The blue heeler-German wirehaired pointer mix chewed through the wires of the shelter's alarm system, prompting two police calls.

"Last night Tennille was looking a little timid in her kennel back with the other dogs, so we thought it would be nice and fun for her to come back and be behind the desk, in the office area," said Anna Sjodin, lead adoption counselor at the shelter formerly run by Animal Rescue Federation.

"She was a lot more social and outgoing back there than she was in the kennel, so then when we went home at night we left her back there ... and set the security system, and overnight she chewed the wires to the alarm. So the cops came last night, and then this morning when we found out our phone didn't work either, we put the wiring back together and then the alarm went off again, and so the cops came back again."

The calls came in at 10:42 p.m. Tuesday and 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, according to Superior Police Capt. Matt Markon.

Five hours after that second call, Tennille was meeting her new owner -- Borchert, who drove down from Ely with no idea that the puppy he had spotted online the day before had caused so much commotion.

"The fact that she got the cops called on her a couple times before I picked her up was pretty funny," said the deputy sheriff, who wasn't too worried about the dog's mischievous streak. "She's a puppy yet, I'm sure it'll leave. She just didn't like being left alone.

"I do grouse hunting and have a family, so (she'll) be a good family dog; I'll train her for some hunting."

Tennille arrived in Duluth last week from a shelter in Iowa with her brother -- yes, he's named Captain -- as part of a program called Rescue Waggin'.

"Rescue Waggin' takes dogs who are in shelters that have high euthanasia rates, and they take them to shelters like ours that don't euthanize, and we get them adopted," Sjodin said.

Tennille was transferred to the Superior shelter on Sunday, was adopted Wednesday and is now settling in at her new home in Ely.

Markon said it's not unusual for Superior police officers to respond to an after-hours alarm at the shelter, and officers carry keys to the shelter in case they need to drop off an animal after hours. But Markon said he could not recall a case in his 21 years on the force where a dog's chewing had prompted a police call.

As the shelter staff assisted visitors at the front desk Wednesday, the duct tape-patched alarm wire could be seen behind the counter. While Tennille's wayward teeth caused some headaches, Sjodin said there was one good outcome: "It's good to know that the security system works."

Animal Allies encouraging cat adoption this month by lowering fee to $5

It's getting crowded at Animal Allies Humane Society's Superior shelter.

Animal Allies took over operation of the facility on Hill Avenue from Animal Rescue Federation at the start of the year. The shelter is housing more than 50 cats waiting for adoption, in addition to about 15 dogs.

To encourage cat adoptions, Animal Allies is reducing the fee to $5 for cats 6 months and older during the month of January. The reduced fee is for Animal Allies members and also applies at the society's Duluth shelter. For more information, look online at

A replacement for the outdated Superior shelter is in the works; groundbreaking is expected in the spring.