Reward offered for safe return of stolen puppy

Published: Sep. 22, 2014 at 6:06 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 6, 2014 at 7:23 PM EST
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. - LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Animal rescue workers are hoping WAVE 3 News viewers will help them find a puppy they say was stolen from an adoption event over the weekend.

The puppy is an 8-week-old beagle mix named Huckleberry.

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Derby City Dog Rescue officials said someone stole him around 4 p.m. Sunday at an adoption event, Mutts @ Mike's, across from Mike Linnig's off Cane Run Road.

"It's devastating," said Jeff Duff from Derby City Dog Rescue. "A lot of volunteers put in a lot of time and effort into saving these dogs. Pulling them from rural shelters, in this case we pulled the mother she was pregnant and the puppies were born in our care."

Mutts @ Mike's had been organized to increase awareness of dogs waiting to be adopted, help recruit volunteers to foster dogs and/or adopt dogs and donate time and money to rescue organizations.

Organizers said the event was an overall success, except for this sad incident. News of Huckleberry's disappearance has quickly spread on social media. A Facebook page called "Bring Huckleberry Home Safe" was just created and already has more than 660 Likes as of Monday afternoon.

Several people have offered up a reward for Huckleberry to be returned. The reward is now up to $300. Derby City Dog Rescue spokesman Jeff Duff said he fears someone stole Huckleberry with the intention to sell him on the Internet. Duff says a little boy actually picked out Huckleberry and his family put in the paper work to adopt him.

Duff said he's spoken with police about the incident. Derby City Dog Rescue said the person who took Huckleberry can take him to Dixie Animal Hospital between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday or call the office at 502-322-6681.

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