Puppy Stolen from San Francisco SPCA Returned Unharmed

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Woman who purchased puppy in front of a Safeway store returns James after learning about his alleged abduction through the media.

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The male suspect caught on camera.

James, an eight-week-old puppy that was stolen from the San Francisco SPCA Adoption Center on Tuesday, November 8, was discovered and returned on Wednesday. James was returned healthy and unharmed—and happy to be back.

James was returned by a woman who purchased him outside of a Safeway grocery store. She later learned of his abduction from the SF SPCA from the substantial media coverage that ensued. The SF SPCA is grateful to the media and the public for putting such a heart-felt effort into James' return.

The theft occurred shortly before James was scheduled to go to his new adoptive home. Fortunately, just a few hours after being returned to the Adoption Center, James finally did go home with his new adoptive family.

The suspects are still at large. According to SFPD report number 110-902-526, they appeared to be a Latino couple in their 30's who were in the company of a four- to six-year-old boy with dark hair. The three were seen driving an older white Sedan, possibly a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Sergeant Pete Shields at the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 558-5400. The police report number is 110-902-526.

About the San Francisco SPCA
The San Francisco SPCA is a community-supported, non-profit animal welfare organization dedicated to saving, protecting and providing immediate care for cats and dogs who are homeless, ill or in need of an advocate. The SF SPCA also works long-term to educate the community, reduce the number of unwanted kittens and puppies through spaying and neutering, and improve the quality of life for animals and their human companions.

Support the San Francisco SPCA by adopting, donating, volunteering and becoming a client of the state-of-the-art SF SPCA Veterinary Hospital at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center. SF SPCA has San Francisco volunteer opportunities to care for shelter dogs and cats, conduct adoption counseling, assist clients and veterinary staff at the Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center, provide foster care, help with the Feral Cat Program, and enrich the lives of people in the community through animal-assisted therapy.

For more information about San Francisco pet adoption, call the San Francisco SPCA at (415) 912-1742 or visit sfspca.org.

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