- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A pit bull puppy stolen from the Washington Humane Society shelter on Monday has been recovered, officials say.

Scott Giacoppo, a spokesman for the humane society, confirmed for The Washington Times that they have located the 4-month-old pit bull, named Ivan.

“We’re fairly confident that appears to be the case,” he said.

Sources told The Times that three youths thought to be involved in the highly publicized theft of the dog were wards of the city’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services. The sources, who talked The Times on condition anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the subject, said the three juveniles were at the agency’s headquarters on Wednesday.

The youths entered the shelter Monday posing as potential adopters. Once inside, the suspects took Ivan from his cage and escaped by breaking through a wooden fence behind the building, shelter officials said.

The Washington Humane Society posted the surveillance footage on its website and offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to Ivan’s safe return.

• Jeffrey Anderson can be reached at jmanderson@washingtontimes.com.

• Matthew Cella can be reached at mcella@washingtontimes.com.

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