Police find stolen dog

A dog stolen before being delivered to a cancer-stricken girl was found by Riverside police in East Hollywood. (Riverside Police Department / January 8, 2014)

Riverside police recovered a stolen puppy that was intended as a gift for a 7-year-old girl with leukemia, authorities said Wednesday.

The pug was supposed to be a Christmas present from a Riverside woman, who had heard about the child's plight, authorities said.

Shawna Hamon gave the dog to an acquaintance who promised to deliver the puppy to the girl in Sacramento. But the acquaintance kept the dog and allegedly hid the animal after she learned that Hamon had alerted law enforcement, according to the Riverside Police Department.

Police tracked down the puppy in East Hollywood. Hamon will personally deliver the dog to the girl, who is receiving treatment in Pennsylvania.

The case is under investigation, police said, and no arrests have been made.

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