An 8-week-old puppy, stolen from a San Francisco animal shelter on Tuesday afternoon hours before he was scheduled to be adopted by a family, was returned to the shelter today, shelter officials said. “James,” a light-brown and white mixed-breed pooch, was taken around 3:45 p.m. from the San Francisco SPCA at 2500 16th St.
The puppy was returned to the shelter this afternoon by a woman who said she bought the dog for $200 outside a Safeway market in the Mission District. The woman’s mother, who had seen a picture of James on the news, realized the dog was stolen, and the two women returned James to the shelter around 2 p.m., according to shelter officials.
James looked “happy and healthy” when he was returned, shelter officials said, and he was to be reunited with his adoptive family this evening. As for those who snatched the puppy, the shelter has video footage of those responsible. They are described as a Latino couple in their mid-30s accompanied by a child.
The man is about 5 feet 7 inches tall and heavyset, with spiky black hair and a short beard. The woman is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and thin, with dark hair. The child is possibly a 4- to 6-year-old boy with dark hair.They were driving an older white sedan, possibly a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.
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