Owner reunited with stolen dog with help of WCSO deputies

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Little Dude, a German Shepherd puppy, is back with his rightful owner, Kate Mann. The pup was snatched from Mann's car on October 18 outside a convenience store in Sun Valley.

"Oh my God I was looking around didn't know where he was I looked around on the corners and basically felt sick to my stomach," Mann says.

She got surveillance video from the store and filed a report with the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.

On November 11, Mann spotted the thieves at a casino in Sun Valley and called deputies. The suspects were arrested on charges related to vehicle burglary. Officials then discovered that Little Dude had been sold by the criminals to Karon Murphy, who was unaware the dog was stolen.

"I didn't know that he was stolen so I said oh my God please give this lady back her dog," Murphy says.

Deputies had to get the dog from Murphy and say it was difficult but the right thing to do.

"She did the right thing there as hard as it was for her to do that it was refreshing to see that," Asa Aninao, a WCSO deputy, says.

Mann and Little Dude were reunited early the morning of November 12.

"I had so many feelings going through me I was so happy and so was he you know," Mann says.

But something still felt wrong to Mann. She says she felt terrible that Murphy had to lose a dog like she had.

"I'm grateful that he was in loving hands the whole time and I just wanted to do something nice for her," she says.

Mann made an arrangement with the breeder of Little Dude and purchased his sister for Murphy.

"I'm just happy that she got her dog back and I'm grateful that she got me the sister! I really really do!" Murphy exclaims.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office decided to step in once more to help out by reimbursing Mann for the cost of the second dog.

"We would like to refund you for paying for Dude's sister and we really appreciate what you did," Sheriff Darin Balaam says.

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