A woman was caught on camera last week appearing to stuff 2-month-old Cookie into her handbag and covering it with her coat at the Humane Society of Utah.
Cookie was found by Meridian Police Friday.
Police found the dog after 43-year-old Jennifer Lyon was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving under the influence excessive, and alcoholic beverage – consume or possess open container by driver, the Idaho Humane Society says.
However, Lyon did not match the description as the woman responsible for stealing Cookie from the Utah shelter.
The Utah Humane Society reported that the dog was taken between 4:30 and 4:55 p.m. on Thursday.
“The society said the suspect looked to be five feet six inches tall and between 220 and 250 pounds. She had long black hair and was wearing a purple jacket. Two young boys, about 8 and 10 years old, were seen entering the adoption center with the woman, the humane society said.” according to KUTV.
Idaho Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control retrieved the dog from the Meridian Police Department after the arrest. After a microchip scan, Idaho Humane Society learned that they would be able to reunite the stolen dog with the shelter.
“We were ecstatic when we heard the news that Cookie had been found safe,” said Deann Shepherd, HSU representative. “I spoke with a staff member at the Idaho Humane Society and got their story. We don’t know if the person who took Cookie from us either gave her away to avoid being caught or had planned to transport her for some reason, we’re just grateful to the Meridian police and animal control for finding her,” HSU stated in a press release.
The Idaho Humane Society is collaborating with the Humane Society of Utah to transport Cookie back to Utah for adoption.