A Yorkshire terrier taken from her owner’s Menifee property, where she served as a comfort dog to a member of the household, was recovered more than 40 miles away and returned home in good health, authorities said Thursday.
“Ruby” disappeared on the morning of Aug. 10 from the 1800 block of Caltha Way, near Avishan Drive, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Sgt. Aaron Avila said deputies were notified about the lost pooch 10 days later and initiated an investigation that quickly netted results, confirming that the Yorkie had been in the possession of two different individuals before finally being sold to a Santa Ana woman.
“The female … was contacted and given the opportunity to cooperate with the investigation, however, she refused,” Avila said.
He said the victim was desperate to get Ruby back because the little canine was “especially close to the owner’s special needs daughter.”
Because Ruby had been microchipped, she could be readily identified with one scan, the sergeant said.
On Wednesday, with the help of a Santa Ana animal control officer, Riverside County sheriff’s deputies visited the Santa Ana location, where they recovered Ruby, Avila said, adding that the resident was not present.
The terrier was reunited with her rightful owner a few hours later.
Avila said the investigation behind Ruby’s disappearance is ongoing. No one has been arrested.