A companion dog taken by three suspects has been recovered and reunited with his owner, but the dognappers remain at large, police said Wednesday.

Maximus, a male Shitzu, was stolen about 3 a.m. last Saturday from inside his owner’s car in a restaurant parking lot in the 600 block of East Washington Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

About 10 a.m. Tuesday, a “good Samaritan” called the LAPD and said she had turned in a dog matching the description of the kidnapped pooch. She said she had found him roaming the streets.

Detectives from the LAPD’s Newton Division went to the animal shelter, and the dog — said to be in good condition — was subsequently reunited with his owner, who works one-on-one with special needs children and uses Maximus as a companion dog to calm down the youngsters she’s helping.

The dognapping was caught on surveillance video. A man was looking inside the car and then opening and closing the right front passenger door. Two other men in a white car pulled up alongside as the other man reopened the car door and took the dog, then left in the second car with his accomplices.

City News Service

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