Stolen puppy returned to adoption center after social media outreach

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The SPCA of Wake County says a puppy stolen from the shelter Monday has been returned, but the search is on for the person who took the dog.

Officials reached out on social media to spread the word about the missing animal, saying, “We need your help. This afternoon someone walked into the SPCA Pet Adoption Center and stole ‘Rowan,’ a 2-month-old Labrador Retriever mix puppy. He has a little white patch on his chest, and rear toes.”

They added a photo of the dog.

The social media post asked for anyone who knew anything to reach out to the Garner Police.

Shelter volunteers and staff were able to provide investigators with a description of the truck involved. They say it had Florida plates.

The Facebook post was shared nearly 3,000 times.

Hours later, the search was over.

Another post by the SPCA announced, “The puppy is SAFE tonight!” and continued, “A staff person was leaving the SPCA parking lot and spotted the suspect’s truck drop the puppy (inside a carrier) out the door before it sped off.”

While it is still not known who took the dog, it seems like the puppy will soon find a new home.

The non-profit shelter says his adoptive family was set to pick him up on Monday.

Rowan has a microchip, which could come in handy if he’s ever lost and found again.

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