PINEDALE – On Monday, Aug. 27, employees of the Sublette County Library in Pinedale noticed something had been checked out illegally – a three-feet tall, 40-pound bronze statue. The Sublette County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) is actively investigating the theft.
Created by Colorado artist Jim Budish, the bronzed canine, estimated at about $8,000, is a cherished piece of art that once sat on the south lawn of the library and greeted patrons as they entered the library. The statue was paid for through the Sublette County Library Foundation.
According to Executive Director Sid Stanfill, this is the first instance of vandalism and theft at the library and is a deplorable action.
“It’s frustrating,” Stanfill said. “Those statues are put there for everybody in the community to enjoy.”
The library is one of the most loved places in the community, Stanfill added, where patrons enjoy not only literature, but movies, computers, events and artwork that enhance the overall library experience. Now, instead of a unique piece of artwork, there is simply a vacant spot.
“It’s very frustrating,” Stanfill reiterated.
Due to the ongoing investigation of the theft, the SCSO was unable to comment, but Public Information Officer Steve Smith said deputies are actively looking into the larceny.
Any information or leads on the stolen statue should be directed to the SCSO at (307) 267-4378.