A puppy stolen from a shelter was recovered by police. Photo: Tom Abate
A Pit bull puppy who was stolen from an animal shelter was recovered by police in a sting operation. The pup had already been adopted when he was dog-napped on Tuesday.
Police said that a 19-year-old man and a juvenile were visiting the Tri-City Animal Shelter in Fremont, California when they snatched the puppy. The suspects placed the puppy outside of the building and then after leaving, hopped the fence and grabbed the pup.
The pair of thieves put the pup up for sale on Craigslist. The community service officer of Animal Services found the ad online and informed detectives. With that information, detectives arranged to buy the puppy from the thieves on Thursday. Once police had the puppy safely in hand they arrested the seller and his accomplice. Both have been cited for theft.
The puppy, named Opie, was safely returned to the shelter and reunited with his new family on Friday.
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