Stolen puppy returned to Humane Society of Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Dec. 18, 2013)—A puppy taken from the Humane Society of Indianapolis last Friday has been returned.

Surveillance video captured an unknown woman walking away with the 2-month-old Chihuahua mix puppy on Dec. 13. The puppy was returned to the shelter following an investigation by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

“We greatly appreciate the assistance of IMPD,” said John Aleshire, CEO of IndyHumane. “They worked swiftly and diligently to make sure this puppy was returned safely and unharmed.”

IndyHumane officials said the shelter has added additional security cameras due to puppy thefts in the past few years.

“As a nonprofit, we rely on donations from the public to provide care for animals,” said Kirsten VantWoud, interim chief operations officer at IndyHumane. “It costs an average of $600-$800 to provide spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and more to care for each animal during his or her stay at our shelter, and the fact that someone would steal any living thing is truly sad and unfortunate. We’re grateful and extremely relieved that he was returned to the shelter safely.”