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Dog stolen from shelter found, returned

A 3-year-old Pitbull-type dog that was stolen from the Animal Rescue League of Boston has been returned to the shelter. (Animal Rescue League of Boston)

A 3-year-old Pit bull-type dog that was stolen from the Animal Rescue League of Boston has been returned to the shelter.

Nick had been taken from the center more than a month ago.

But on Wednesday, ARL announced that he is now “safe and sound.”

“Late Tuesday evening, a concerned citizen contacted the MSPCA-Angell call center with a tip about Nick and his location,” the organization posted on Facebook. “MSPCA immediately notified ARL, who picked up Nick and transported him safely back to ARL’s Boston Animal Care & Adoption Center.”

Surveillance cameras caught a couple taking Nick on a meet-and-greet walk when he was up for adoption, but they never brought him back.

The couple then gave the dog to another person in Dorchester, who did not realize the dog was stolen.

Since then, the shelter has been searching for Nick. Staff members are thrilled he was found unharmed.

“ARL is overwhelmed with joy to have Nick back with the organization. He is healthy and doing great,” according to the post. “ARL would like to thank the Boston Police Department for their tireless efforts, the MSPCA for their quick response, and members of the media for getting Nick’s story to the masses.”

The shelter also noted that Nick is set to undergo medical and behavioral evaluation. He is currently not available for adoption.

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