Stolen dog returned to Siletz family

Deputies: 2 suspects identified, not charged at this time

A Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy reunites a family and a stolen puppy (left). (Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)
A Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy reunites a family and a stolen puppy (left). (Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)

SILETZ, Ore. (KOIN 6) – Almost three weeks after a puppy was stolen from a family, the dog has been reunited with its rightful owners, deputies said.

The investigation started May 20 when the family’s dog was reported missing. Deputies learned that the dog had been stolen. Eventually, deputies identified two women as potential suspects. The women were reportedly seen with the dog the day it was reported missing.

The dog was reunited with the family.

Deputies said the case is on-going. No one has been charged, but under Oregon law, theft of a family pet is a felony.

The sheriff’s office offered these tips for families:

  • Identify pets with a license, microchip, and tag including name and phone number;
  • Watch your pets, even if they are in a fenced yard;
  • Always walk your pets on a leash; and,
  • If you find a lost pet, report it to local county animal shelter so they can be scanned for a microchip and efforts can be made to reunite them with their family.

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