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Two dogs that were stolen from the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Keaau shelter have been returned.
Shelter manager Greg Wong says two dogs were dropped off shortly after midnight Wednesday, but the cages weren’t locked.
Some people came by and took the dogs — a Bichon Frise named Snuggles and a black wire-haired puppy.
One day after KHON2 ran a story about the theft, the shelter told us it was contacted by the woman seen in surveillance images. She led staff to her home Friday, and the dogs were recovered.
This isn’t the first time dogs have been stolen from the shelter. The kennels are open overnight, so people can drop off animals.
“If somebody does drop off dogs to our shelter, if they could please lock the locks that are attached to the chain, that would help to make sure they are more secure,” Wong said.