Video: Two of the Six Stolen Animal Shelter Puppies Have Been Recovered

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Godiva and her puppy, Glitter, who was recovered earlier this month. Photograph courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.

This post has been updated to reflect recent developments.

A glimmer of hope for Godiva, the lab/pit bull mix at the Humane Rescue Alliance whose puppies were kidnapped when they were three and a half weeks old. Another one of them was recovered over the weekend, meaning she is now back with three of her puppies.

Yet the great news is still shadowed by the four that remain missing.

“While we take a sigh of relief each time one of Godiva’s puppies is brought in, we’re worried sick over the four puppies who are still missing and who desperately need to be with their mother during this critical developmental period,” stated HRA in an email.

Link, the puppy recovered this past weekend, stands above his sister Glitter, who was recovered earlier this month. Photograph courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.
Godiva and her three recovered puppies. Photograph courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.
Godiva’s three recovered puppies. Photograph courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.

After news outlets reported that HRA was offering $7,500 to anyone with information leading to any of the six missing puppies, two separate people came forward, one on Thursday and another over the weekend. They both suspected their new puppies had unknowingly been purchased from the kidnapped litter. And, indeed, they were.

The puppies, named Aries and Link, are now back in the care of HRA.

Both Link and Aries were found to be “relatively healthy,” according to the rescue’s veterinarians.

They are now reunited with their mother Godiva as well as their sister, Glitter, who was the only puppy recovered earlier this month after humane law enforcement officers executed a search and seizure warrant at a Northeast DC house. Godiva and her litter of seven had been living with a foster family at the time they went missing.

An HRA caretaker holds Aries, one of Godiva’s puppies, who was recovered on Thursday. Photograph courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.
Link, one of Godiva’s puppies who was recovered over the weekend. Photograph courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.
Glitter, one of Godiva’s puppies, who was recovered earlier this month.

“We’ve had this foster program for more than a decade and foster thousands of animals per year into homes,” said Chris Schindler, vice president of field services at the Humane Rescue Alliance, this morning. “That’s really what helps our life saving work, and we’ve never come across this situation.”

He added that he could not provide any more details about the foster family, as the situation is still under investigation, although he did say that humane law enforcement officers have been in touch with the family.

“We don’t have information to share at this stage on who we think may be responsible because we’re still investigating all possible angles,” Schindler said. “We hope to have more information to share by next week, but our primary focus right now has been to identify where the puppies may be considering how vulnerable they are.”



As promised, the two people who came forward will each receive the $7,500 reward—which is still on the table for anyone else who comes forward with information leading to any of the puppies. The rescue says it will work with the families to return the puppies to them once they are mature enough to be separated from their mother and littermates.

“We’re hopeful this will inspire others who might have information to come forward for both the welfare of the puppies, and peace of mind for our community and staff,” states HRA in a press release on Thursday.

“We’re not looking to penalize anyone who may unknowingly have them; we just want to ensure their health,” said Schindler. “We would work with them to make sure that once the puppies were old enough, we could reunite them.”

Godiva with her recovered puppy, Link. Photograph courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.
Aries, one of Godiva’s puppies, who was recovered on Thursday. Photograph courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.
Godiva and her puppy Glitter, who was recovered last weekend. Photograph courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.

Jessica Ruff

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