Puppy Stolen With Christmas Gifts Back Home Again In Indiana

By: Nick Viviani
By: Nick Viviani

A happy ending to a story we first told you about on Monday. A woman whose Christmas gifts and dog was stolen right out of her home has been reunited with their long lost four-month-old puppy. Charlie was dropped off in Animal Care and Control's overnight drop box late Tuesday or early Wednesday. Reporter Adam Widener explains.

Four-month-old Charlie eagerly greeted his family at Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control Wednesday afternoon after apparently being taken in a burglary earlier in the week.

Sheila Snyder told NewsChannel 15 that her American Bulldog puppy was stolen from the family's home on Saturday, along with gifts under the tree and electronics.

"It's horrible," Snyder told NewsChannel 15 on Monday. "The whole thing is just absolutely horrible. I mean who would do that?"

FWACC officials said someone anonymously dropped Charlie off in their overnight drop box late Tuesday or early Wednesday. There's no surveillance video of who dropped the puppy off.

Thanks to a microchip, FWACC was able to confirm that the puppy belonged to Synder.

"This is so exciting," Snyder said at the emotional reunion. "This is like better than Christmas presents under the tree. This is so amazing, an amazing feeling."

Charlie, clearly also excited to be reunited with his family, wagged his tail non-stop as he jumped on, licked and greeted his family members.

"Thank everybody that has posted throughout social media and talked about getting the word out for his safe return," Snyder continued. "We thank the Fort Wayne Police Department and everyone here at Animal Control, and everybody at NewsChannel 15."

Synder said homeowners insurance has helped cover the cost of the merchandise that was stolen from the home. The Fort Wayne Police Department is still investigating the incident.


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