UPDATE 9:30 P.M. TUESDAY: Belle, the winsome poodle-terrier puppy stolen on Saturday, has been found.
An Arroyo Grande man and his two daughters brought the four-month-old pooch to a veterinarian in Arroyo Grande Tuesday evening to see if she had an embedded micro-chip that would reveal her owner, said Kim Colvin, owner of the Fresno County-based nonprofit Laton Animal Rescue & Care. Belle was stolen when Colvin's group was holding a pet adoption event on Saturday in San Luis Obispo.
Colvin said she was told that another family gave the puppy to the two girls. Their father recognized the dog from a photo in The Tribune and brought her to the vet.
On Tuesday evening, Colvin said she was making the 2-hour drive from her home to Arroyo Grande to pick up the pup.
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"We'll take her to a vet tomorrow for a check-up," she said. "If everything is good she'll be ready for adoption again."
ORIGINAL STORY: San Luis Obispo police are investigating a puppy-napping at an adoption event Saturday afternoon in front of the Petco on the 200 block of Madonna Road.
According to Kim Colvin, co-owner of the Fresno County-based nonprofit Laton Animal Rescue & Care, the organization was wrapping up its event—which it regularly holds in front of Petco on the second and fourth Saturday of every month—when someone snatched Belle, a five-pound, four-month-old poodle-terrier mix and fled the scene.
Belle is described as small, white-haired and “fluffy.”
The theft was immediately reported to the San Luis Obispo Police Department and store management was working to see if video surveillance footage yielded any leads.
Colvin said the organization has holds similar events throughout the state and has only experienced one theft. Security measures at those events are admittedly relaxed, she said.
“We’re way more lax in San Luis Obispo than, say, the Bay Area,” Colvin said. “Unfortunately, a lot of that is going to have to change.”
Belle would have been sold at a price of $250, which is the standard adoption fee, and covers adoption necessities such as the cost of vaccinations, spay or neutering and flea and tick protection. The organization does not make a profit from adoption sales, Colvin said.
According to Officer Robert Cudworth, the police department does not currently have any credible leads and asks anyone with information to call the department at 781-7317.