Puppy Stolen From Shelter Recovered By Police

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Last Tuesday should have been a happy day for Opie. A new family had just signed papers to adopt him when the pit bull puppy was stolen from the shelter.

Dave O’Connor came to the Tri-City Animal Shelter in Fremont, California last Tuesday and fell in love with Opie. He and his fiancée had already signed the adoption papers when they got some bad news later in the day. Opie had been stolen from the shelter. “I was in total shock,” said O’Connor. “I couldn’t believe that somebody would do that, come in and take a puppy like that.”

Police quickly got to work tracking Opie down. They soon came across a Craigslist ad selling the puppy for hundreds of dollars. The detectives working the case set up a sting to but Opie and met with the thieves on Thursday. As Opie was handed over by thieves officers detained two men who were responsible for stealing Opie from the shelter.

The 19-year-old man and his juvenile accomplice went into the shelter on Tuesday and took Opie from his kennel then hopped the fence of the shelter and fled. The quick work of the Police had Opie at home with the O’Connor family on Friday.

O’Connor is grateful for the police’s efforts to get Opie back. “We had hoped for the best as a family, but with everything going on in the world we figured he was probably low priority,” O’Connor said.  “They did a great job.”

3 thoughts on “Puppy Stolen From Shelter Recovered By Police”

  1. I am so happy that Opie is ok, and that he and his new family have a long happy life together. Onto the 2 pieces of waste that stole Opie. I am glad they have been caught, but guaranteed they won’t get any significant punishment, especially the minor(who by the way if he is over 10 understands right from wrong). They both deserve a good slap. I actually think that community service would be better than jail. The community service should be cleaning cages at the shelter they stole the dog from for at least a year. That way they would see the hard work that shelters do. That is of course if this is both of their first offense. If it’s not then, instead of a slap, a pistol whipping, and instead of community service, lock them up.

    • Personally Sandy, I don’t think these thugs should ever be allowed inside a shelter again. They know right from wrong and they know exacly what they did. They have no concern for animals whatsoever.

      I think a better punishment would be for them to pick up trash on the side of the road with a sign strapped to their backs stating that they stole a puppy – can you imagine the response they would get with all the animal lovers out there?

      Lock up would be good too, but we know that isn’t going to happen – they’ll be back to their criminal ways in no time.

  2. I have to say that I am shocked that the police took the time to recover Opie. I hope to see more stories like this in the future!


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