The Humane Society cares for dozens of dogs and relies on the public to help take them out of their cages, play with them, even take them on a walk.
But last week two so-called volunteers abused their privileges.
“We want people to have a good experience when they come in and interact with the animals and so we give them that freedom and 99.9 percent of the people do not abuse that freedom,” said Carl Arky, Humane Society of Utah spokesperson.
But that .1 percent showed up Wednesday when two teenage girls took 13 year-old Bella and 2 month-old Titan for a walk. The girls never returned with the dogs.
Media coverage of the dog snatching is what the Humane Society credits for getting one of the dogs back within 72 hours.
“Somebody found Titan at a party Friday night, nobody seemed to be taking any responsibility for him, so this gentleman took the dog home saw the news reports, figured everything out, put two and two together and brought Titan back,” said Arky.
Not long after a family found the second Chihuahua, Bella, wandering and returned her. Both dogs are now safe and healthy. If that isn't enough of a happy ending, one is even getting a new home out of the ordeal.
“Bella was going to go into a foster care family situation this coming week, now it looks like the family that found her wandering around is going to adopt her,” said Arky.
The two girls could be charged with theft if they're found. The Humane Society says they are between the ages of 14 and 16. One has blonde hair the other is a brunette.
They were seen driving a white, late model, four-door Toyota Corolla with a possible license plate of CDO454.
If you have information, you're asked to call Murray police.