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Both stolen Chihuahuas returned to the shelter

Published June 30, 2013 11:37 pm

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Two Chihuahuas stolen from the Humane Society of Utah have been recovered, although the suspects remain at large.

Two females took 13-year-old Bella and 2-month-old Titan from the shelter on Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses said a blonde and a brunette, ages 16 to 24, walked into the shelter Wednesday and spent an hour there before leaving with the two dogs, according to a news release.

On Saturday, someone found Titan alone at a party and returned him to the shelter. On Sunday, a family found Bella wandering a neighborhood alone and returned her as well, said shelter spokesman Carl Arky. The shelter scanned microchips on both dogs to confirm their identities.

It seems whoever took the dogs became concerned when it became a news story, Arky said.

"I think they realized they couldn't keep the dogs... and let them go," he said.

Bella was about to join a foster family before she was stolen, but the people who found her have expressed an interest in adopting her, Arky said. He's glad that Bella, an older dog, is likely to find a home.

Meanwhile, the shelter is still working with Murray police to investigate the crime.

The suspects drove away in a white, late-model four-door Toyota Corolla with one or two other people inside. The letters and numbers on the car's Utah license plate may include CDO454, the release stated.

The shelter is still offering a $500 reward for verifiable information leading to the thieves' arrests.

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