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Dog returned after allegedly being stolen from animal shelter

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(Great Plains SPCA) (Great Plains SPCA)
(Great Plains SPCA) (Great Plains SPCA)
(Great Plains SPCA) (Great Plains SPCA)
MERRIAM, KS (KCTV) -

The Great Plains SPCA says a dog who was allegedly stolen by a family from their shelter over the weekend has been returned.

Thursday, the animal shelter said Alfie was returned to the Lost Pet Center in Merriam, KS, and he was reunited with his actual family about 6 p.m.

"Alfie's owner just arrived at our Lost Pet Center! Immediately, Alfie's tail started wagging in excitement. We are so grateful to all of our fans for sharing his story. Your support lead the family who had Alfie to bring him back to us - we are thankful to them for making that decision, allowing Alfie to go back to his family who loves him," they wrote on their Facebook page.

Alfie, a male chocolate/honey-colored cockapoo, was brought to the center Saturday afternoon by a couple who found him wandering at 75th Street and Interstate 35.

The dog was microchipped and, through that, the shelter worked to contact his owner.

At the same time a family came in looking to adopt and were directed to the Pet Adoption Center located about two miles away. As they were leaving, they spotted Alfie outside with the people who found him for a bathroom break. The family came inside to say they wanted to adopt Alfie, but employees told them he was just brought in and couldn't be adopted as they were still trying to contact his owner.

After noticing that Alfie had not been brought back inside, an employee went out and saw the family driving off with the dog in tow.

The couple who found Alfie said they gave him to the family looking to adopt because the father of the family indicated that the shelter told him they could adopt the dog.

Great Plains SPCA says this a good reminder for dog owners to make sure their pets are microchipped and the information is updated. More pets are lost on the Fourth of July than any other day, so owners need to be careful.

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