VAIL — A bronze sculpture of a golden retriever was located in the Gore Creek riverbed Tuesday.
The sculpture, stolen June 3 while on display in front of Cogswell Gallery, 223 Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village, was recovered by the gallery manager Jason Leach. Leach, who has been on constant lookout for the dog, said the recent drop in water volume increased visibility and aided in his search.
Submersion amongst the rocks damaged the artwork’s appearance, and because it was full of sediment, Leach told police he has concluded the sculpture had been in the creek since it was taken.
While restoration is in the works, Leach said it is great to have the dog back in its rightful place — at the center of the fountain for everyone to enjoy.
Vail Police are still investigating this crime. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Vail Police Department at 970-479-2200 and can remain anonymous.