Grand Forks Police thwarted the efforts of a real-life Cruella de Vil on Friday after officers found and returned a dalmatian puppy that had been taken from a local pet store.
Officers were dispatched Friday afternoon to Pets R Inn at the Columbia Mall for theft of a white dalmatian puppy. Two officers with the department “investigated the crime and were quickly able to locate the suspect (was not Cruella),” the department said on its Facebook page.
The puppy was located, unharmed, and brought back to Pets R Inn.
Faye Peterson, one of the owners of Pets R Inn, said it was a hectic and terrifying day when the puppy was taken. She said the culprits sprinted out of the store with the dog, but another store owner, Lindsey Williams, and a customer quickly followed them out the door and were able to get a license plate number to give to police.
“We were very upset, obviously, it’s not like they stole a shirt,” Peterson said. “It’s a living, breathing animal that we care about and are responsible for. It was very frustrating.”
But thanks to the quick action of Grand Forks police, the puppy was returned a short time later, Peterson said.
“We were so impressed with those officers and how quickly they No. 1, responded to our call and No. 2, how quickly they were able to locate those people,” she said. “It was great to talk with them and understand that they actually really cared about the situation and cared about that puppy.”
Peterson said she’s sure the puppy will find a good home soon.
Police said the store hasn’t yet indicated that it will press charges.
“Grand Forks Fire Department, we think this would be a great addition to the station,” the department added to the Facebook post.