Stolen Puppy Finds Its Way Home

Three days after the dog was taken, she was anonymously dropped off at the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society

Christmas came early for an animal rescue in southwest Minnesota.

A 9-week-old puppy that was taken during a meet and greet, found its way back home.

“I drove right away to the Humane Society and was able to get her back,” says Tracy Area Animal Rescue volunteer Emily Penning. “She was very happy to see her siblings and they were excited to see her.”

For three days Penning was without one of her rat terrier foster puppies, Holly.

“I was there when it happened and it was just a lot of guilt,” she says.

One week ago, the Tracy Area Animal Rescue held a meet and greet at the Bomgaars in Luverne, Minnesota.

While they were trying to find suitable owners for the puppies, Holly was stolen.

We were worried that she wouldn’t be receiving good care or wouldn’t be safe,” says volunteer Beth Capistran.

Capistran says while their goal is to get these dogs into forever homes.

There is an adoption process that is required before that can happen.

“We want to make sure it is a safe home and a home that can provide them the proper care.”

Like in Holly’s case, when she was taken she had a parasitic infection and was on medicine to fight it.

The temporary owner had no way of knowing this, since they didn’t speak to any of the rescue volunteers, which is why they are grateful that person had a change in heart.

“She ended up being returned or brought into the Sioux Falls Humane Society Tuesday morning anonymously,” says Capistran.

Capistran says social media could be the reason why.

Many within Tracy Area Animal Rescue posted that Holly was missing.

And those posts were shared 800 times.

“To me it was the best Christmas ever, it was truly a miracle that we got her back,” she adds.

Aside from a bit of the sniffles, Holly was healthy when she was returned.

Holly does have an adoption lined up.

Her new owners will be picking her up next week.

The Tracy Area Animal Rescue currently has 27 dogs available for adoption.

Christmas came early for an animal rescue in southwest Minnesota.

A 9-week-old puppy that was taken during a meet and greet, found its way back home.

“I drove right away to the Humane Society and was able to get her back,” says Tracy Area Animal Rescue volunteer Emily Penning. “She was very happy to see her siblings and they were excited to see her.”

For three days Penning was without one of her rat terrier foster puppies, Holly.

“I was there when it happened and it was just a lot of guilt,” she says.

One week ago, the Tracy Area Animal Rescue held a meet and greet at the Bomgaars in Luverne, Minnesota.

While they were trying to find suitable owners for the puppies, Holly was stolen.

We were worried that she wouldn’t be receiving good care or wouldn’t be safe,” says volunteer Beth Capistran.

Capistran says while their goal is to get these dogs into forever homes.

There is an adoption process that is required before that can happen.

“We want to make sure it is a safe home and a home that can provide them the proper care.”

Like in Holly’s case, when she was taken she had a parasitic infection and was on medicine to fight it.

The temporary owner had no way of knowing this, since they didn’t speak to any of the rescue volunteers, which is why they are grateful that person had a change in heart.

“She ended up being returned or brought into the Sioux Falls Humane Society Tuesday morning anonymously,” says Capistran.

Capistran says social media could be the reason why.

Many within Tracy Area Animal Rescue posted that Holly was missing.

And those posts were shared 800 times.

“To me it was the best Christmas ever, it was truly a miracle that we got her back,” she adds.

Aside from a bit of the sniffles, Holly was healthy when she was returned.

Holly does have an adoption lined up.

Her new owners will be picking her up next week.

The Tracy Area Animal Rescue currently has 27 dogs available for adoption.

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