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IHS to reunite stolen dog recovered during DUI arrest

Front desk employee, Quinn, with the recovered dog, Cookie.

The Idaho Humane Society is thrilled to assist in reuniting a two-month-old Cairn terrier that was stolen from the Humane Society of Utah. The Society reported that the dog was taken between 4:30 and 4:55 p.m. on Thursday. The woman responsible for the theft was caught on camera stuffing the puppy into her handbag and covering it with her coat.

“The society said the suspect looked to be five feet six inches tall and between 220 and 250 pounds. She had long black hair and was wearing a purple jacket. Two young boys, about 8 and 10 years old, were seen entering the adoption center with the woman, the humane society said.” according to KUTV.

The dog, Cookie, was picked up by Meridian Police on late Friday evening after 43-year-old Jennifer Lyon was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving under the influence excessive, and alcoholic beverage – consume or possess open container by driver.

Lyon did not match the description as the individual responsible for stealing Cookie from the Humane Society of Utah.

Idaho Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control retrieved the dog from the Meridian Police Department on Friday evening after the arrest. IHS staff scanned the dog for a microchip and began an extensive search trying to match the microchip with its owner. They were excited to learn that they would be able to reunite the stolen dog with the shelter.

“We were ecstatic when we heard the news that Cookie had been found safe,” said Deann Shepherd, HSU representative. “I spoke with a staff member at the Idaho Humane Society and got their story. We don’t know if the person who took Cookie from us either gave her away to avoid being caught or had planned to transport her for some reason, we’re just grateful to the Meridian police and animal control for finding her,” HSU stated in a press release.

This is an excellent example of microchips reuniting pets with their rightful owners. If you haven’t already microchipped your pet, please do so today!

The Idaho Humane Society is collaborating with the Humane Society of Utah to transport Cookie back to Utah for adoption.

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