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Police: Stolen Car With Dogs Reunited With Owners
ESCONDIDO, Calif. — Two dogs who went missing when, police said, the car they were in was stolen over the weekend have been reunited with their owners, and the suspected thief is in police custody, it was reported Thursday.
Frank and Michelle Bless were out of town when they got a call about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday informing them that the woman suspected of stealing their Infiniti had been arrested and their dogs — Mimi and Poxy — were being held in an East County shelter, the North County Times reported.
The call came after officers spotted the Blesses’ vehicle at 9:37 a.m. and notified Escondido police, who chased and arrested Mercedes Cortelezzi, 21, of Carlsbad, Lt. Tom Albergo told the Times.
Cortelezzi was arrested on suspicion of auto theft, evading police, possession of stolen property and a parole violation, a sheriff’s sergeant told the Times.
The Blesses, who took the next flight into San Diego after receiving the call, dropped to their knees and hugged and kissed the 3-year-old Boston and rat terrier mixes when an attendant from the Bonita Animal Shelter brought them their pooches, the newspaper reported.
The dogs were in the Infiniti on Sunday afternoon in a YMCA parking lot in Escondido when it was stolen, and were apparently turned loose in Lakeside sometime after that, county Animal Services authorities told the Times.
The pooches were found on Tuesday by a good Samaritan who contained them and called the shelter, said Laurie Joniaux, regional director for Animal Services, according to the newspaper.
Both dogs had been implanted with microchips, which helped Animal Services workers determine who their owners were, Joniaux told the Times.