Surveillance video at the Animal Rescue League in Homewood captured images of two 25-year-old women stealing a puppy earlier this week. The women, one from Homestead and the other from West Mifflin, were arrested and charged with retail theft after the two-month-old pit bull Labrador mixed puppy was found at the Homestead woman’s house. The puppy was reportedly unharmed and the executive director of the Animal Rescue League stated that it was being returned to the shelter by police. The West Homestead police officer who found the puppy reported that the two women entered the shelter on Tuesday afternoon around 3:30pm and walked out with the puppy under one of their coats about 20 minutes later.
After entering the shelter with a young child and writing their names on a ledger at the main kennel area – which were later deemed illegible – they informed employees that they wanted to adopt a dog. They expressed interest in the puppy that they later stole, and after employees at the shelter informed the women that the puppy would cost $300, one of the women, according to the surveillance video, distracted employees while the other put the canine under her coat. A routine inventory check was done at the end of the night and it was then that the puppy was found to be missing. It is believed that the women were looking to sell the dog.
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