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Video: One of six puppies stolen from an animal shelter was found today

Godiva and her pup, Glitter, who was picked up last weekend. Photo courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.

A glimmer of hope for Godiva, the Humane Rescue Alliance lab/pit bull mix whose puppies were kidnapped when they were three and a half weeks old. Another of them was recovered.

After news outlets reported that HRA was offering $7,500 to anyone with information leading to one of the six missing puppies, one person came forward. They suspected that their new puppy had been unknowingly purchased from the kidnapped litter. And, indeed, it was.

Back in HRA’s care, the pup, named Aries, is “relatively healthy”, according to rescue vets who examined him earlier today. Aries will then be reunited with his mother Godiva as well as his sister, Glitter, who was the only puppy recovered last weekend after law enforcement officers executed a search and seizure warrant at a house in the Northeast. from DC. Godiva and her litter of seven children were living with a foster family at the time of their disappearance.

An HRA caretaker holds Aries, one of Godiva’s puppies, who was picked up today. Photo courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.

“We’ve had this foster program for over a decade and welcome thousands of animals a year into homes,” Chris Schindler, vice president of field services at the Humane Rescue Alliance, said this morning. “That’s really what helps us save lives, and we’ve never encountered that.”

He added that he could not provide further details about the foster family as the situation is still under investigation, although he said humanitarian law enforcement officers had been in contact with the family.

“We don’t have any information to share at this point on who we believe to be responsible as we are still investigating all possible angles,” Schindler said. “We hope to have more information to share by next week, but our main focus at this time is to identify where puppies may consider their vulnerability.”

As promised, the person who came forward will receive the $7,500 reward, which is still on the table for anyone else who provides information leading to one of the puppies.

“We hope this inspires others who may have information to come forward both for the welfare of the puppies and for the peace of mind of our community and staff,” HRA said in a statement. updated press.

“We are not looking to penalize anyone who might have them without knowing; we just want to ensure their health,” Schindler said. “We would also work with them to make sure that once the puppies were old enough, we could reunite them.”

Aries, one of Godiva’s puppies, who was picked up today. Photo courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.
Glitter, one of Godiva’s puppies, who was picked up last weekend. Photo courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.
Godiva and her puppy Glitter, who was picked up last weekend. Photo courtesy of Humane Rescue Alliance.

Jessica Ruf