WASHINGTON — The search continues as one of six 5-week-old puppies was returned to the Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) after being kidnapped.
The mother, 1-year-old Godiva, gave birth to a litter of seven puppies in early August and they were all transferred to a foster home to spend their critical growth period together in a better environment than the shelter. Later that month, HRA was contacted about a dog, later confirmed to be Godiva, abandoned and tied to a pole.
One of the seven puppies was also found after humane law enforcement conducted a search and seizure warrant on a location suspected of housing the litter. The lone puppy was reunited with their mother.
On Sept. 15, another puppy, named Aries, was returned to the HRA after a community member was informed of the backstory through news reports. The puppy was determined to be relatively healthy. The person who returned the puppy will also receive a reward.
The litter was reportedly stolen at the vulnerable age of just 3.5-weeks-old. HRA said the litter was potentially sold or given to unsuspecting buyers.
HRA is 'desperately' concerned for the litter due to the fact that when they received Godiva she was malnourished mother. This puts her and her puppies at risk for long-term health issues if not properly taken care of. The puppies ideally needs to be with their mother and siblings until they are eight to 10 weeks old.
The HRA is offering a reward of up to $7,500 for the information on the 5-week-old puppies.
HRA would like to speak with anyone who might have information regarding the whereabouts of any of the puppies. All tips can be anonymously reported to HRA at 202-723-5730