WOODLAND HILLS (CBSLA.com) — A Yorkie stolen during a pet adoption event in Woodland Hills has been returned.
CBS2’s Brittney Hopper received a call Sunday afternoon reporting that the dog had been returned.
The alleged theft of the puppy — which was thrown from a car about a week ago — occurred about 5 p.m. Saturday and was caught on tape.
Surveillance video showed a woman inside a caged area taking off with one of the dogs while a male accomplice served as a lookout.
Hopper spoke with Debbie Sutz, who runs the adoption program, on Saturday about the incident.
Sutz said, “For years a pet adoption has been going on here but this is the first time someone has stolen a dog.”
The same woman was shown on surveillance video returning the dog on Sunday. Said Sutz, “I have a little renewed faith in humanity — although I think maybe the dog was returned just because it was on camera.”
Sutz added, “Stealing a dog is a lot different than stealing personal property. This is not a telephone or a coat you can replace. It’s a living thing. It’s a part of the family.”
Brennan Taylor, who plans on adopting the little dog (he has named Chewy) says, “He’s a brave little dog. He’s had a crazy life so far. So it’s going to be a long life with me now.”
Sutz says she will press charges if the culprits are caught.