Plano Animal Shelter
A photo from the surveillance camera at the Plano Animal Shelter shows a couple the shelter believes stole a Maltese that had already been adopted by another family.
The Plano Animal Shelter says a dog that was already adopted by a family was stolen Wednesday and it wants the dog returned.
The shelter says as it was preparing to close for the day when a couple came to visit the 2-year-old white Maltese named Jodie by the shelter staff.
When the man and woman learned Jodie had already been adopted, the shelter says it believes the man took the dog from the outdoor play area, jumped the fence and got into a car driven by the woman.
"Our biggest concern is the safety and wellbeing of the dog, as well as the fact that we never let any animal leave our custody without being sterilized," Jamey Cantrell, Plano Animal Services Manager said in a press release. "We don't ever want even one of our pets to be responsible for more animals that could eventually end up homeless. All we are asking is for the couple we believe abducted this shelter pet to do the right thing and return her."
Jodie's adoptive family had left her at the shelter to be spayed as required by state and local law.
A report has been filed with the Plano Police Department, but the shelter said it would not file formal charges if the dog is returned by the end of the weekend.
The Plano Animal Shelter asks anyone with any information about Jodie to call the shelter at (972) 769-4360.
The woman signed in at the shelter as "Sarah." The shelter released this video of the couple coming into the shelter and the woman leaving: