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Stolen puppy returned to Wake County SPCA adoption center; police investigating

Posted May 17

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— Garner police are investigating after someone walked into the SPCA of Wake County Monday and stole a 2-month-old Labrador Retriever mix named Rowan.

The puppy was returned to the organization's Petfinder Lane adoption center later Monday evening, officials said on the SPCA's Facebook page.

"A staff person was leaving the SPCA parking lot and spotted the suspect's truck drop the puppy (inside a carrier) out of the door before it sped off," the post read.

A shelter employee was able to get a license plate number and give it to police. It's unclear if Garner police has any suspects in the case or if any charges will be filed.

Officials said Rowan's new owner – the dog had been adopted before being taken – was scheduled to pick him up Tuesday afternoon.

"We were devastated when we found out that this happened. How could someone come into an animal shelter, steal a puppy and just walk out?" SPCA of Wake County spokesperson Darci VanderSlik said. "When we found out he was returned late last night, we were elated. It was amazing to see how our community came out when we put out word to find this puppy."

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  • Janet Ghumri May 17, 2016
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    Really? You steal a puppy, then are overcome with remorse and drop it off?? What if the last staff member had already left? Most likely the the if realized it's a felony to steal a dog in NC.