ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A pit bull puppy stolen from a St. Cloud animal shelter has been found and returned to the shelter.

The 6-month-old puppy, named “Benton,” was stolen over the weekend from the Tri-County Humane Society in St. Cloud.

On Wednesday, tips led police to a home in rural Benton County where they found the dog. Investigators found the family had been given the dog by another person, and the family didn’t know the dog had been stolen.

The dog’s identity was confirmed by a microchip placed on the dog by the Tri-County Humane Society.

Humane Society executive director Vicki Davis tells the St. Cloud Times that police returned Benton Wednesday afternoon. Davis says the puppy is “a little tired, but a happy, happy dog.”

The investigation continues.

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John Lauritsen

Comments (3)
  1. Les Johnson says:

    Take the dog from a home & return him to a usually works the other way around doesn’t it?

    1. riley raine says:

      lol you would think but then that shelter loses the 200 plus dollars they would have made off that puppy being bought.. sad world isn’t it…

  2. Citizen says:

    Yet another incomplete story from ‘CCO. Humane shelters try to place animals in an appropriate safe home. Perhaps these people where the dog was found paid the perp to steal the dog, so it could be used in dogfighting. The pup is the right age to train for this. Poor dog. How about a more complete story? Too much to ask?