A 5-month-old French bulldog that was stolen after a thief took off with a work truck where the puppy was being kept is back in the safe hands of his owner.
The Glendale Police Department announced the reunification of Cain the puppy on Monday, saying the missing dog and vehicle were recovered by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Sgt. Dan Suttles, a Glendale police spokesman, said the truck was discovered abandoned in the parking lot of a church roughly 36 hours after it had been stolen. People at the church called the police after spotting Cain inside.
“Other than being a little dehydrated, the dog was fine,” Suttles said. “It’s a much happier ending than what it could’ve been.”
The dog was first reported missing on Feb. 20 after the truck was stolen sometime around 3 a.m. near the intersection of Broadway and Orange Street.
Suttles said the owner works as a commercial power-washer and had left the truck running to keep the dog warm as he worked on top of an adjacent building.
Although the owner could see the truck from where he was working, at some point it was stolen without his noticing.
“At the police department everybody kind of dropped what they were doing and put as much effort into this case as they could when they heard about,” Suttles said. “Everyone’s relieved to hear the dog is doing fine.”
In addition to Cain, the truck also contained a pressure washer in its bed along with several other pieces of equipment. It’s unclear whether or not they were recovered.