- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A bronze dog statue police say was stolen from the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History has been recovered.

New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department spokesman Ben Cloutier says a recycling company bought the stolen artwork and immediately contacted state officials after recognizing it.

Cloutier says the company purchased the statue from someone for $55 and information about the seller has been turned over to Albuquerque police.

Last week, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History reported the bronze pooch nicknamed Sparky was stolen from the museum gardens.

No arrests have been made.


This story has corrected a previous version to say Ben Cloutier is the spokesman for New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department.

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