Posted: Aug 2, 2013 9:24 AM by MTN News
BILLINGS - Why would someone walk into an animal shelter and steal a dog?
That's exactly what happened on Billings' south side Wednesday afternoon.
At 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, witnesses say two brothers walked into the Help for Homeless Pets shelter on Hannon Drive and took a 10-year-old tea cup long-haired Chihuahua.
According to the stolen dog's owner, two brothers walked into the shelter, supposedly wanting to look at cats, but when walking out, picked up the little dog and left.
After discovering the missing dog, the owners put pictures out on Facebook and contacted KTVQ to assist with finding the dog. Then the whole thing ended up paying off around 3 p.m. Thursday.
The missing dog's owner, Barb Leclair says while filling out a report with the Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department, the two brothers, who have not yet been identified, pulled up in a minivan accompanied by their mother, and gave the dog back. Leclair went on to say the older of the two brothers, begged her to not press charges. Leclair said the sheriff deputy gave the older brother a citation after Leclair did decide to press charges.
The dog, Oso, seemed to be returned unharmed.