Dog Gone Thief Found: Runaway Teen Steals Puppy From West Valley City Animal Shelter



West Valley City Animals services said Friday, Jan. 27th that Alvin has been found.

“One of you out there spotted a girl and a white dog huddled outside in a blanket in WVC and called police to check it out,” a post on their Facebook page said.

They say it appears the girl who took Alvin was a runaway from Arizona. Police were able to confirm it was Alvin using a microchip.

“He’s now back at the shelter where we will help him find his real forever family,” they said.

Police were able to make contact with the girl’s parents. They say they are coming to take her back home.

Want to adopt Alvin or one of the other pets? Call 801-965-5800 or visit WVC Animal Services at 4522 West 3500 South.

[previous story]

WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC4 Utah News) -Police and Animal Services personnel are asking for the public’s help to track down a woman who stole a puppy from last Friday.

West Valley City Animal Adoption Specialist Sharel Reffitt says Alvin is a long haired Chihuahua who was brought to the West Valley City Animal Shelter as a stray.

“Very happy go lucky,” Reffitt siad. “Just wanting someone to love him and stuff.”

Alvin was up for adoption but suddenly disappeared last Friday after a visit from an unknown woman.

“I noticed her come in,” Reffitt told ABC4 Utah News. “She had been in the cat room and everything like that but then I started thinking about why she left so fast and she was the first person who came to mind.”

A check of the surveillance video confirmed that Alvin had been dognapped. The woman took Alvin out of his cage, wrapped him in a blanket and fled. The irony is that she could have adopted Alvin by simply filling out a form and paying less than a hundred bucks in fees, according to West Valley City Animal Services Director Dave Moss.

“The total price is 85 bucks for us to adopt out an animal,” Moss said.

Employees are worried if she couldn’t take care of the proper paperwork and payment, she won’t be able to take care of Alvin.

“We’re concerned why this person, this female took Alvin,” Moss said. “And we want to make sure we can get him back and check on him. Make sure that he’s OK.”

If you know who the woman is or have seen her or Alvin, call West Valley City Police at 801-840-4000.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Utah VP Debate

More Utah Debate