Iowa City Police Recover Stolen Dog

By Mark Carlson, Reporter

IOWA CITY, Iowa - UPDATE - Iowa City police recovered a stolen dog Friday night. The dog had been snatched from a Petland store in Iowa City on February 10.

Owner Ron Solsrud said the dog was returned to a store employee just before 8 p.m. Solsrud said he received a tip about the dogs whereabouts shortly after six o'clock. He called police who said it matched a tip they were investigating.

It's not clear who the suspects are at this time or what charges they may face.

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Iowa City police are looking into an alleged puppy theft at Petland in Iowa City. Owner Ron Solsrud says a woman and a teenager, believed to be her daughter, took a miniature poodle puppy from the store on Sunday, February 10.

"She's teaching her child how to do this and it just troubles me," Solsrud said.

Police spent about two hours at Petland reviewing surveillance video Friday afternoon. The woman and the girl have not been identified, but investigators have some leads according to Iowa City police sergeant Vicki Lalla.

"It's something we're looking into," Lalla said.

Surveillance video shows the woman and her daughter in the store playing with a white poodle. The two are later seen with the dog hurrying out the front door.

Anyone with information is urged to call police.
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