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Happy ending for stolen Maryland puppy

Friday - 9/28/2012, 8:35pm  ET

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Mango, a 7-week-old puppy, was safely returned to a rescue group after he was stolen on Tuesday. (Courtesy Facebook)

WASHINGTON - A puppy stolen on Tuesday from a Maryland rescue group has been returned safely.

Mango, a 7-week-old minature pinscher/dachshund mix, was stolen on Tuesday by a couple who visited the Animal Resource Foundation in Chester, Md. ARF, as it's known, says the man and woman came to look at puppies, left quickly and soon after Mango was discovered missing.

The group quickly printed fliers about the puppy and posted information on their Facebook page, offering a $500 reward for information leading to the safe return of Mango.

On Friday, ARF announced they were, "elated to have our Mango back!"

The Washington Post reports a man who saw Mango's picture contacted ARF and made arrangements to drop the dog off.

ARF's director told the Post she did not believe the man was the person who stole the dog. But, she said he declined to leave his name, phone number or accept the reward money.

Mango is still nursing and is now safe at home with his mother and siblings, ARF says.

ARF is a non-profit that rescues animals who face euthanasia from shelters in the mid-Atlantic region.

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