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Puppy reunited with owners after being stolen near Frick Park

PITTSBURGH — A puppy that was stolen from its owner Tuesday near Frick Park is back home, Pittsburgh police said Wednesday.

According to investigators, Daphne, a 4-month-old mixed breed dog with black and white fur was reported stolen at around 5:50 p.m. Tuesday.

The owner was walking the dog near the Frick Park Environmental Center when a man stopped and began petting Daphne. At one point, he picked the dog up. When the owner asked for it back, he pushed her and ran off.

“I said ‘What are you doing?’ I went to put it back on, and he just bolted and took off with her up the street,” said owner Debbie Gespass.

Gespass ran into the street screaming. A person nearby heard the screaming and called 911.

“I didn’t even sleep last night. I kept dreaming about her,” Gespass said.

City of Pittsburgh Department of Public Works employees found the stolen puppy in Blue Slide Park, police said Wednesday. The dog was reunited with its owners.

UPDATE: The male suspect in this case is described as tall, very thin, and in his early 20's....

Posted by Pittsburgh Bureau of Police on Tuesday, January 5, 2021