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Suspect Who Allegedly Stole Puppy from San Francisco SPCA Now in Police Custody

Suspect in dog-napping incident facing two felony charges

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF., Dec 2 2011: One of the two suspects who allegedly stole a puppy, James, from the San Francisco SPCA on November 8 is now in custody and facing two felony charges. A surveillance camera inside the Adoption Center captured photographs of the suspects, a couple accompanied by a young child. Shortly after the crime was committed, the SF SPCA released the photographs to the media, and a California parole officer recognized the male suspect as one of his parolees.

Ed and James visit the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital
James and his new dad, Ed Garcia, visit the SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center for James' first post-adoption exam.
"We hope this case serves as a lesson to anyone who considers committing such a crime in the future," said SF SPCA co-president Jason Walthall. "Abducting an animal is a serious crime that can result in felony charges, and we will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law."

James, a mixed breed puppy, was 8 weeks old when he was abducted from the SF SPCA. He had already been adopted and was scheduled to go home with his new family just hours after he was stolen. The following day, he was returned unharmed by a woman claiming to have purchased him outside a grocery store.

James and the family who rightfully adopted him were reunited the day that he was returned. He's healthy, happy, and enjoying life at his new home.

The San Francisco Police Department is handling this case, #110-902-526.

About the San Francisco SPCA

The San Francisco SPCA is a community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions.

Support the San Francisco SPCA by adopting, donating, volunteering and becoming a client of the state-of-the-art SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center. SF SPCA has San Francisco volunteer opportunities to care for shelter dogs and cats, conduct adoption counseling, assist clients and veterinary staff at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center, provide foster care, help with the Community Cats Program, and enrich the lives of people in the community through animal-assisted therapy.

For more information about San Francisco pet adoption, call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 522-3500 or visit sfspca.org.

 
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