The Humane Society of Utah is asking for the public’s help in the Case of the Purloined Puppy — a 2-month-old cairn terrier that was stolen from the organization on Thursday.
Security camera footage from the adoption center at 4242 S. 300 West in Murray shows a woman and two boys with the puppy between 4:30 and 5 p.m. on Thursday, according to the Humane Society. The woman appears to place the dog — named Cookie — in her handbag, then place a white jacket over the dog to conceal it.
“We’re extremely concerned about the safety of this puppy,” said HSU spokeswoman Deann Shepherd. “It is quite disconcerting that somebody would take a puppy from a nonprofit shelter, especially with their two children present.
“We want to make sure that Cookie is safely returned as soon as possible.”
The woman is described as Latina, in her mid-30s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, between 220 and 250 pounds, with long black hair and wearing a purple jacket. She was accompanied by two boys who appeared to be 8 to 10 years old.
Anyone with any information about the dognapping is asked to contact the Murray City Police Department at 801-840-4000.