Tempe family's stolen dog found in good health

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by Andrew Michalscheck

Video report by Jared Dillingham

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 9 at 2:16 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A Tempe family has received some much needed good news about their missing pet.

Tempe police said they’ve informed the Wells family that their missing 10-year-old collie-Chihuahua mix Lucky has been located and is in good health.

The Wells, who live near Elliot Road and McClintock Drive, returned home last Friday night to discover that their home had been ransacked and that Lucky was gone.

"She's a mutt, a rescue, and has no value to anyone at all, except for us. She's part of our family," Brian Wells told 3TV Monday night.

The Wells family turned to Craigslist and local shelters to try to find Lucky, but they had no luck.

Fortunately, Tempe police received a call Thursday afternoon from an employee at Maricopa County Animal Care and Control who said Lucky was at their facility.

"It's amazing to think that even though we're such a huge city, there's still a community feel," Ana Wells told 3TV Thursday night, adding her thanks to the shelter staff.

Meanwhile police continue to search for the people who broke into their home.

Neighbors told police that they saw two young men leaving the house in a blue Toyota car. The vehicle had an “11” on the windshield, as if it had recently been on a used car lot.

Neighbors said the car also had a special environmental Arizona license plate.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311.

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