Mountain View Voice

News - August 30, 2013

Stolen puppy gets returned

Small dog reunited with owner after being taken from car

by Nick Veronin

A puppy that was taken from a locked vehicle in Mountain View on Saturday was returned after reports circulated in the media and online, police said.

Uso, a 9-week-old Chiweenie/pit bull mix, was turned in Sunday, Aug. 25, to the police department in good shape, police said via the department's Facebook page.

The dog was taken from a car in the 1300 block of Villa Street sometime between 2:30 p.m. and 2:44 p.m. on Aug. 24, according to Shino Tanaka, social media and community coordinator with the MVPD. Investigators said it appeared that the perpetrator pushed an already cracked window down, reached in and pulled the dog out.

While the return appears to have been triggered by reports in local media and on social media web sites, Tanaka said police aren't sure why the dog was taken in the first place.

Tanaka said that some of the people commenting on the MVPD's Facebook post speculated that the dog may have been taken from the car by someone who felt the animal was being treated cruelly, as temperatures over the weekend reached the mid- to high-70s. However, that was just speculation.

If anyone ever has reason to believe that an animal is being abused, Tanaka said they may anonymously call the MVPD and report it at 650-903-6344.

"Don't take it upon yourself to act," Tanaka said. "We're always happy to respond."

The puppy certainly seemed happy, as did the officers at the station who got a chance to interact with the dog before returning it to its owner on Sunday. "There was a lot of tail wagging and kissing going on in the station," according to the MVPD Facebook post.

—Bay City News Service contributed to this report

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