CHICO, Calif - Stories about dogs stolen from adoption events rarely have a happy ending.
But in Chico this weekend the story did actually have a happy ending.
Lindsay Smith says Saturday, she was setting up a litter of foster puppies for pre-adoption at “Wags and Whiskers,” when three women, pretending to be interested in adopting a 7-week-old puppy named “Trip,” waited for Smith to turn her back.
The moment she did, they took off after a post spread like wildfire on social media within an hour.
A man called the number on the posted flyer and met Lindsay at a gas station to give “Trip” back.
"The guy who returned him said that some lady gave him to him at a gas station, which I didn't really believe because if you go through the trouble to stealing a puppy, you're probably not going to give it away at a gas station,” Smith said.
Lindsay says she didn't have much hope getting "Trip," back, and she's grateful to the entire community, and all the people who put pressure on the thieves on Facebook.
She says “Trip,” his litter mates and “Trip's” mom, will all be up for adoption shortly through “Wags and Whiskers.”