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Stolen Leesburg pup returns home

Tuesday - 7/19/2011, 5:33am  ET

WASHINGTON - A Jack Russell terrier stolen from a Loudoun County shelter last year is back in protective custody on Friday.

The dog was reported stolen from Friends of Homeless Animals Shelter in Leesburg in December, 2010, according to a news release.

The Leesburg Police Department responded to a home on the 100 block of Catoctin Circle SW recently after shelter staff got a tip the dog may be living there.

Officers met with residents at the home and found a Jack Russell, which was later identified to be the stolen animal when Loudoun County Animal Control scanned a microchip implanted in the dog.

The suspect, who was not home when officers retrieved the animal, faces felony charges for theft of the dog.

Police have not said why the suspect stole the dog.

Friends of Homeless Animals is a no-kill shelter. Adoption fees range from $100 for a cat to $325 for a dog, according to the shelter website.

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