Pair charged with theft of valuable dog

Doggone it ... Buddy was stolen.
Doggone it ... Buddy was stolen.

A man and woman have been charged with the theft of a puppy from a Melbourne pet shop on December 16.

"Buddy", a Cavalier-cross Shitzu, was taken from the Melbourne Central Pets Paradise shop, where staff told police a woman distracted a worker at the store while a man took the puppy from its enclosure.

Police found the dog, since renamed Precious, at a house in Heidelberg West on Monday night.

A 23-year-old Keilor East man was arrested on Christmas Eve. He was charged with theft on Thursday and is expected to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court.

A 26-year-old Heidelberg woman has also been charged with theft and has been bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on February 14.

Police are working to find a suitable home for Precious, who is valued at $1200.

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