Stolen puppy returned to Phoenix animal shelter

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Everglades is back at a Phoenix animal shelter after being stolen. (Source: Arizona Animal Welfare League) Everglades is back at a Phoenix animal shelter after being stolen. (Source: Arizona Animal Welfare League)
(Source: Arizona Animal Welfare League) (Source: Arizona Animal Welfare League)
AAWL says these two men stole a puppy from the shelter on Sunday, June 17, 2018. (Source: Arizona Animal Welfare League) AAWL says these two men stole a puppy from the shelter on Sunday, June 17, 2018. (Source: Arizona Animal Welfare League)
"She looks healthy, energetic and is eating," AAWL said. (Source: Arizona Animal Welfare League) "She looks healthy, energetic and is eating," AAWL said. (Source: Arizona Animal Welfare League)
No charges will be filed in the case of the stolen puppy. (Source: Arizona Animal Welfare League) No charges will be filed in the case of the stolen puppy. (Source: Arizona Animal Welfare League)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

It was the best-case scenario for the case of a puppy being stolen from a Phoenix animal shelter.

The Arizona Animal Welfare League said the puppy named Everglades was returned on Monday evening, safe and sound.

"She looks healthy, energetic and is eating," AAWL said in an email. "She was cared for while she was gone."

Since one of the men in the surveillance video returned the pup, AAWL said it won't press charges.

"One of the men in the security footage saw the news stories and immediately called the shelter. This puppy was returned safe and sound due to the community support. Thank you for your help collecting the facts, sharing the story and making this happen," AAWL director of marketing and communications Michael Morefield said in a statement.

The dog is only 7 pounds and is about 2 months old. She is also on daily medication, said Morefield. 

Surveillance video from the shelter shows two men taking the little dog around 1:15 p.m. on Sunday.

AAWL had released both video and photos from their surveillance cameras.

[PHOTOS: AAWL says these men stole puppy from shelter]

[SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Puppy snatchers were in and out in less than 90 minutes]

The video shows the men, both of whom have distinctive tattoos, talking and laughing. They looked a couple of other dogs before taking the puppy out of her kennel and leaving. They were in the kennel area for less than 90 seconds.

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Founded in 1971, AAWL is Arizona's oldest and largest no-killed animal shelter. "[T]he organization has grown from adopting a handful of animals each year to a full service (sic) animal welfare organization and leader in innovative behavior training, medical care, adoption, education and community outreach programs," according to AAWL.org.


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