Puppy stolen from SPCA found, returned

November 9, 2011 6:56:39 PM PST
An eight-week-old puppy stolen from a San Francisco animal shelter Tuesday morning has been found.

"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.