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Updated May 30, 2015, 11:27 am Originally posted May 29, 2015, 11:26 am
A puppy who was lifted from a Humane Society kennel has been found "safe and sound" and is back at the shelter, a spokeswoman said Saturday. A woman was arrested on theft charges in the case, authorities said.
Zoey, a nine-week-old Labrador Retriever mix, was awaiting spay surgery before she could be taken home by her adoptive family when she was taken from her kennel Tuesday, HSSA's Lindsey Jones said.
Acting on a tip, Pima County Sheriff's Department investigators found the puppy and her alleged thief at a home, a PCSD spokesman said.
Victoria Amavizca, 20, was arrested on misdemeanor theft charges after a Pima County Animal Care Center employee used a microchip reader to confirm the dog's identity, Deputy Tom Peine said Saturday.
Zoey was returned to the Humane Society shelter in the morning, where she'll be spayed Saturday. Zoey will be taken home by her new family Sunday.
"They are thrilled to know she will be coming home, safe and healthy, soon," Jones said, noting that Zoey was playing with puppy toys and a HSSA staffer.
Earlier, the Humane Society reported the alleged theft to the Pima County Sheriff's Department and alerted the public.
"Video surveillance revealed a young female suspect lifting the puppy out of the kennel by jumping up and leaning over the edge of the locked kennel door, while her suspect accomplice (another young female) kept a lookout. They then proceeded to flee through an emergency exit door," a post on the group's Facebook page said.
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The security footage, which was turned over to detectives from the Sheriff's Department, shows a young woman taking the puppy from the kennel. She was described as blonde, about 5'5" tall, with an average build.
Her alleged accomplice is described as a brunette young woman, possibly Hispanic, about the same height with a thinner build, Peine said. She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and gray jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME with the case #150526278, Jones said. Peine said Saturday that the investigation is ongoing.