A dog that was stolen from the Kauai Humane Society in mid-May was found by police running loose in Kekaha Friday.
It is the second dog returned to KHS following the theft of six dogs when someone cut the lock off a gate and climbed through a window.
“That’s good news,” said KHS Executive Director Penny Cistaro. “We very happy about it.”
KHS received a tip Friday from someone who said they thought they saw the missing orange and white hound/pit bull mix at a home in Kekaha. Police arrived at the home and spoke to residents, who said they didn’t have the dog.
Police patrolled the area but initially didn’t find the dog. That night about 9, though, police saw the three-year-old dog running loose and were able to catch her and return her to KHS.
Cistaro said it could be that someone had the dog and decided to let her go. Or, perhaps she escaped.
“I don’t know. I’m just happy to have her back,” she said Tuesday.
A Lab mix puppy that was among those taken was returned to KHS May 25 after a group of teens reported they found it wandering along the highway in Kekaha.
Four of the stolen dogs, pit bulls and Airdales, are still missing. They were picked up near Kalaheo about a week prior to the break-in and Cistaro believes those four were the targets of the thieves. The dogs did not have tags or microchips.
The returned hound/pit bull mix, originally found as a stray in Kekaha, is available for adoption at KHS.
“She’s a happy dog,” Cistaro said.
The case remains under investigation.
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