WORCESTER (CBS) – Several puppies stolen from an animal shelter in Sterling have been found.
Four of the nine stolen pups were recovered after police tracked down a tip. Sylvia Ortiz, 22 of Worcester, was arrested late Thursday at her home and charged with receiving stolen property.READ MORE: 'No Job Too Small': Belmont Firefighters Rescue Ducklings From Storm Drain
“We’re not sure if she was involved in the actual break-in or whether somebody else just gave the puppies to her,” shelter manager Melissa Snitzer said. “She claims that she woke up in the morning and the puppies were in her apartment.”
Two more puppies were returned to the shelter Friday morning. A seventh puppy was discovered Friday afternoon by two women who were walking their own dog in Worcester. Two puppies are still missing.READ MORE: 'We Need Answers': Vigil Held For Alonzo Polk Who Drowned At Dedham Graduation Party
Shelter Manager Melissa Snitzer Speaks With Lana Jones.
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Employees of Animal Shelter Inc. found a kennel door kicked in when they arrived at work Thursday morning.MORE NEWS: 10-Year-Old Girl In Critical Condition After Being Pulled From Methuen Pool
All of the recovered puppies are being treated for kennel cough. Snitzer said they are getting plenty of calls from people interested in adopting them.