LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A missing puppy has been returned -- under mysterious circumstances -- to the Louisville pet store where she was stolen in broad daylight.
According to Jay Hockersmith, the owner of Pet's Palace on Goldsmith Lane, a couple entered the shop on July 9, walked up to the puppy pen, picked up a Siberian Husky puppy and then walked out of the store.
Hockersmith said on the evening of July 15, a man called the store, saying he had come home and found what he believed to be the stolen puppy, tied to his apartment building. The man asked if a reward was being offered, and Hockersmith told him $100 was being offered for the puppy's safe return. The caller told Hockersmith he would bring the puppy by the store the following day.
In the meantime, Hockersmith said, he and his employees hatched a plan to photograph every car in the store's parking lot and the caller, if and when he showed up with the dog.
According to Hockersmith, the man showed up with the puppy on July 16 and became nervous when Hockersmith told him he would reward him with a $100 check. Hockersmith said the man told him to make the check out to his brother.
Hockersmith also asked for the man's ID. He said he needed to go to his truck to retrieve it, but Hockersmith said the man, who was wearing a camouflage military uniform, never returned.
Hockersmith said the puppy is fine. He and his staff planned to bathe her and let her rest.