A woman was cited and released after Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies arrested her on misdemeanor charge of stealing a puppy this weekend from the Santa Cruz SPCA.
Deputy Ryan Kennedy said Christina Hawley, who allegedly took the puppy named "Orphan Annie" on Sunday at 2:40 p.m. from the SPCA, has no prior criminal record in the county.
But SPCA employees spotted her visiting the center, petting the two-month old Shepherd mix and then allegedly, taking the small-and-white pup.
They found her a short time later at the nearby Pet Pals pet store, Kennedy said, and video surveillance showed to witnesses later, positively identified her as the suspect.
Hawley was cited, but not booked, that day. No mug shot was available of Hawley, and why she allegedly took the puppy, was not made clear.
Orphan Annie was returned to the SPCA, which was not open on Monday. According to the agency's website, she has a sibling, "Oliver Twist," who is also up for adoption.