Suspect in Possession of Puppy Stolen from the San Francisco SPCA is Now in Police Custody

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Suspect was spotted by an SF SPCA employee who called police.

"We are overjoyed that Violet is safe and happy. We are very grateful to the public for their concern and vigilance, which helped us bring her home. This was a terrible crime that could have harmed Violet both physically and emotionally."

A suspect who was in custody of Violet, a terrier mix puppy stolen from the San Francisco SPCA on October 16, is now in police custody. On November 2, an SF SPCA employee spotted Violet with a woman on Market Street at Guerrero and called the police. The woman was arrested on charges of drug possession and parole violation, and Violet was returned to the Adoption Center. It is still unclear whether the woman stole the puppy or acquired her later, or what charges she will face that are related to the dognapping. The case, #120832139, is being handled by the San Francisco Police Department.

The microchip scan has confirmed that Violet is the dog who was stolen from us," said Jason Walthall, SF SPCA co-president. "We are overjoyed that Violet is safe and happy. We are very grateful to the public for their concern and vigilance, which helped us bring her home. This was a terrible crime that could have harmed Violet both physically and emotionally."

Violet originally came to the SF SPCA as a rescue. She was found as a stray, abandoned in a garbage can.

On November 4, Violet was adopted by a couple who had met her several weeks ago and were considering adopting her before she was stolen. She is now at her new home with guardians Jennifer and Bairam.

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 Community Cats 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) 522-3500 or visit sfspca.org.

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