"James," a mixed-breed pooch, was stolen from the San Francisco SPCA around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. The dog, who was getting ready to be adopted out, had been microchipped and a description and photo of James was released to the media.
A woman who had seen James' photo on the news returned the dog to the San Francisco SPCA around 2 p.m. on Wednesday. The woman said she bought James from a man standing outside the Safeway store on Mission Street for about $200.
When the woman realized the dog was stolen, she contacted the SPCA.
James was given to his new family Wednesday evening.