8-Week-Old Black Lab Puppy Stolen From Cleveland Animal Protective League
CLEVELAND - An 8-week-old black Labrador puppy was taken from the Cleveland Animal Protective League while another family was ready to take her home.
The Cleveland APL said Lucy, weighing only eight and a half pounds, was stolen at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
“We believe that the puppy was stolen while another family was in the process of adopting her,” said Sharon Harvey, CEO and President of the Cleveland APL in a news release on Thursday.
“A second person saw her, picked her up, and inquired about her. She was told by an APL team member that the puppy was in the process of being adopted. Shortly after that, it was discovered that the puppy was gone.”
According to the APL, the woman who took the dog was in her late 30s or early 40s with short, blond hair. She was about 5 foot 5 and 200 pounds with black-rimmed glasses.
“We are devastated and the family that had fallen in love with her is heartbroken that Lucy was stolen just as they were getting ready to welcome her into their family,” Harvey said.
The APL wants anyone with information to contact them at 216-771-4616, Ext. 0 or Ext. 125.
Medina Man Adopts Cleveland APL's Stolen Pup
CLEVELAND - Lucy, the stolen pup from the Cleveland Animal Protective League, is finally with her new owner.
Mark Hange of Medina, Ohio picked up the stolen pup Saturday to take her to her new home.
"I couldn't believe it. I thought for sure the only time we were going to see her again was the pictures that we had. It's really nice to have her back," said Hange.
Lucy was smuggled from the APL on Thursday, after Hange had already started the adoption process.
According to Cleveland Police, Lucy was taken from her cage at the APL by a woman who claimed she just wanted to give the dog a good home.
Checking on a tip, Cleveland Police responded to a home in Cleveland’s Second District early Friday morning and recovered the dog.
The woman has not been charged at this time. Cleveland APL officials are consulting with prosecutors on what steps to take next.
"We certainly want to send the message that coming into this building and stealing a living being, especially a living being that already had a family, is not ok," said Cleveland APL CEO Sharon Harvey.