Stolen puppy found in Idaho

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BOISE, Idaho (ABC4 News) – A puppy that disappeared from the Humane Society of Utah was found safe in Idaho.

A 2-month-old black and tan Cairn Terrier named Cookie was reportedly taken from the humane society adoption center on Thursday between 4:30 and 5 p.m.

Security video released by the organization showed a woman leaving the dog kennel area with what appeared to be the puppy in her handbag and a white jacket over the top, HSU representatives said.

 The following day, Idaho-Meridian City police pulled over a man and woman on suspicion of driving under the influence. Local animal control was called to take a dog that was with the couple.

The dog was taken to the Idaho Humane Society in Boise and scanned for a microchip, which was registered back to the Humane Society of Utah.

The woman, Jennifer Lyon, 43, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and open container violations. 

HSU said Lyon does not match the description of the person that the Humane Society of Utah suspected may have taken Cookie and she was not booked into jail on any charge relating to the dog. 

“We don’t know if the person who took Cookie from us either gave her away to avoid being caught or had planned to transport her for some reason, we’re just grateful to the Meridian police and animal control for finding her,” said Deann Shepherd, HSU representative.

HSU and the Idaho Humane Society are collaborating to transport Cookie back to Utah. 

Idaho Humane Society reported Cookie is “happy and healthy.” 

The Humane Society of Utah said it has taken measures to increase security in response to this incident.

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