PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - An 8-week-old Yorkshire terrier named Lillly is safe and sound at a Pensacola Petland days after a woman smuggled it out of the store.
Surveillance video shows a woman who had asked to play with the 2-pound puppy last Wednesday walking out the door with it when an employee went to help another customer.
"It seemed like they had the intent of stealing the puppy from the start," store manager Scott Schmieder told the Pensacola News Journal (http://on.pnj.com/OgJZ6Y ). "They walked in, went straight to the puppies, got a puppy out, then left."
Employees believe someone in the open-air socialization area handed the puppy to the woman, who quickly left the store.
On Sunday afternoon, someone walked into the store and handed the missing puppy to a cashier. It wasn't clear whether the person who returned the dog is the unidentified woman who took it.
"I think they got pressured," Schmieder said. "There was so much media (coverage) on it that they got scared and brought it back."
Schmieder says the puppy, which is valued at $2,000, is in good health.
The store is now considering changing policy so that customers can only play with animals in the open-air socialization area while an employee is present.
Information from: Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com
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