Sheriff's Office

For Immediate Release

PR #: 1900123
Date Issued: Nov 12, 2019 - 4:07pm

Washoe County Sheriff's deputies recover stolen puppy

CONTACT: Bob Harmon
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office 775-785-6235
Cell 775-722-5517

A four-month-old German Shepherd puppy, stolen nearly a month ago, is back at home today after deputies located the dog and were able to reunite it with its rightful owner.

According to the puppy's owner, "Little Dude" was stolen from her vehicle at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 18, while the vehicle was parked outside a convenience store on Sun Valley Boulevard.

The victim was able to obtain surveillance photos of two suspects from the store. On Tuesday, October 22, she filed a report and the surveillance photos with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office front desk.

In the early morning hours of November 11, 2019, the victim contacted the Sheriff's Office to report seeing two people matching the suspects' description inside a casino in Sun Valley. Deputies responded and made contact with the suspects. Both were arrested on charges related to vehicle burglary.

After further investigation, Deputies Asa Aninao and Nicholas Ediss discovered that the puppy had been sold to a Reno woman who was unaware that the dog had been stolen. Deputies located the woman who purchased the puppy. She willingly gave "Little Dude" to the deputies to return to the victim.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. this morning, Tuesday, November 12, "Little Dude" and his rightful owner were joyfully reunited at the Sheriff's Office.

Photo 1: "Little Dude" is reunited with his rightful owner outside the Washoe County Sheriff's Office on Parr Boulevard at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 12. "Little Dude" had been stolen from the victim's vehicle on October 18.

Photo 2: Washoe County Sheriff's deputies Asa Aninao and Nicholas Ediss were able to successfully locate "Little Dude" and return him to his rightful owner.

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The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.