MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A dognapping at a west Miami-Dade veterinary office was caught on camera, but fortunately the Pomeranian puppy is back with its owner.
It happened Monday at the Best Care Animal Clinic on SW 8th Street at 98th Avenue.
The dog’s owner, Lenier Mesa, said a relative went to the clinic with the 8-week-old pup named Panda to get its health certificate. He said the dog was snatched as he was paying.
WATCH: Pomeranian Puppy Stolen From Animal Clinic
Surveillance video from the animal clinic shows Mesa’s relative, with his back turned to the dog, paying at the counter. That’s when a woman sitting next to the dog’s carrier, opens it up, takes the puppy, puts it in her shirt, and then casually leaves.
Mesa posted the video of the dognapping on Instagram, and it went viral. People offered to add to his $1,000 reward for the safe return of Panda, and even gave tips on the identity of the dog snatcher.
Fortunately, late Tuesday night, it was announced the woman who stole Panda has returned the pooch.
There are no plans to press charges as Mesa said he just wanted his dog back safe and sound.