Iowa City, IA -- The missing Petland puppy has been returned unharmed.
Iowa City Police Sgt. Chris Akers said the stolen dog was found after numerous individuals called the police department recognizing the woman shown in a surveillance video taking the puppy from Petland on Feb. 10.
Although Akers said the name of the puppy thief was not being released because of an ongoing investigation, Petland owner Ron Solsrud had plenty to say to the woman and her daughter who stole the puppy from his Iowa City store earlier this month.
"On one side, I hurt. Why would anybody do something like this?" Solsrud said Friday. "On another note, how can a mother do something like this with their daughter? They're now teaching their daughter that. I'm a father with two kids and a wife and I can't even imagine doing something like this and teaching my children."
Solsrud said the woman and her daughter - who have not been identified - came into Petland, 1851 Lower Muscatine Road, on Feb. 10. After looking at various animals for about 20 minutes, they asked to see a golden miniature poodle puppy. The woman and her daughter also had their own dachshund puppy with them.
After a store employee helped get the poodle for the woman, she and her daughter went to an area of the store not easily viewed on the store's security system. About 10 minutes later, they appeared on the camera again.
"You could see them walk across the front of the store casually," Solsrud said. "They had the puppy concealed. They paused at the door and then walked out the door."
It wasn't long before employees noticed the puppy was missing, Solsrud said. An internal investigation was conducted and the police were notified. A lost pet alert was issued with helpmefindMYPET.com.
Solsrud said all Petland pets are protected by the website, which is a national microchip registry and alert service for lost and stolen pets.
Gannett News Service