SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – An 8-week-old puppy that was stolen from a San Francisco animal shelter just hours before he was scheduled to be adopted by a family was returned unharmed Wednesday afternoon, according to shelter officials.

I have great news! James, the puppy that was stolen from the San Francisco SPCA Adoptions Center yesterday, was returned to us about an hour ago! He looks happy and healthy, and we’re thrilled to have him back,” proclaimed SPCA spokeswoman Krista Maloney about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

“James,” a light-brown and white mixed-breed pooch, was taken roughly 24 hours previously from the pet adoptions center at 2500 16th Street.

The shelter had video footage that showed a Latino couple in their mid-30s, accompanied by a child, taking the puppy and driving away in an older white sedan.

Maloney said the puppy was “returned to us by a woman who said she bought him for $200 outside the Safeway (store) on Mission (Street). She brought the puppy to her mom’s house, and the mom realized that puppy had been stolen because she had seen James’ photo on the news.”

The SPCA said the dog would now be given to the family that had previously arranged to adopt it.

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Comments (5)
  1. Just Askin' says:

    Why didn’t you post their picture if there is video?

  2. Obama's Healthcare plan says:

    They are probably going to duct tape the poor dogs hands,feet and snout and use him as bait in a Pit bull fight.

  3. Stan says:

    There has got to be more important news to talk about than a stolen puppy.

  4. Allen says:

    The best chance for finding that pup would be to provide a picture from the video of the people and maybe their car. Someone would probably recognize them.

  5. Cat says:

    Gross people who stole the dog! Anything for money. How awful.