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Dog Theft: Teens steal chihuahua named Mr. Macho from animal shelter

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Surveillance camera captures teens taking dog from shelter

OLYMPIA, Wash. (KIRO) -- Surveillance cameras captured two teens taking a dog from an Olympia animal shelter Thursday.

Police said two girls, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old, were inside Thurston County Animal Services when they stole a chihuaha named Mr. Macho.

Surveillance video was obtained and showed the two girls looking around and grabbing the dog out of the kennel. In another shot, cameras captured the dog inside one of their backpacks with his head poked out.

A few people in the shelter noticed there was something wrong before the girls could be seen heading out the door.

Our sister station KIRO TV talked to Liz Nelson, an employee at the shelter, about the incident.

"Everyone was yelling that they just took a cat," Nelson said. "They said that they couldn't afford the adoption fee."

The surveillance video showed Nelson and another employee getting up and chasing the girls. The teens kept running but were captured a few blocks away.

One of the two teens is facing charges of theft. Both girls have criminal records.

Investigators believe the teens may have been trying to steal Mr. Macho to sell on the streets of Olympia.

"I'm just glad we got the dog back safe and sound," Nelson said.

Employees at Animal Services want people to know that Mr. Macho is available for adoption and they want people to stop by to bring him home right away. 

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