SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) - A dog that was lost, then found, then stolen has been reunited with his owners after a crazy 24 hours.
Puddles, a senior shih tzu, went missing Sunday in Socorro near the New Mexico Tech Campus.
Julie-Anna Blomquist's mom is Puddles' owner.
"No one knew what was going on with Puddles," Blomquist said.
Blomquist said her mom was taking the dogs for a walk, when she went to corral them all back into the car to head home she got distracted by the bigger dogs and somehow Puddle escaped.
"My mom has had that dog, her best friend, for so long and to not be there the first night in his entire life he wasn't with her it was terrifying for her," she said.
Shortly after learning of his disappearance Blomquist got the word out on Facebook, posting on her own page and on Socorro's community page, soon she got a hit.
"Someone else who had found Puddles 10 minutes after my mom had left put a picture of Puddles up online and let us know that she had taken Puddles to the shelter," said Blomquist.
However, when they got to the city animal shelter Puddles was not there.
Someone had taken him from the outdoor kennels which are unlocked.
"It was complete relief to complete horror all over again," Blomquist said.
The family regrouped and plastered missing posters for Puddles all over town Monday morning, by this afternoon someone called saying they had Puddles.
He was reunited with his family Monday afternoon.
"It's a very, very happy ending," said Blomquist.
Blomquist did not know if the people who returned Puddles were also that people that took him from the shelter.
She told KRQE News 13 her biggest concern was that he may have been stolen to be used as bait to train fighting dogs, which they say is a big problem in Socorro.
Blomquist said they would like to see the shelter either add cameras or maybe even locks to help keep lost dogs safe.
"They returned our dog and that was amazing and very amazing of them but someone else might not do that to the next dog," Blomquist said.
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