Abducted SPCA puppy could be in real trouble

Police are looking for the dognapper responsible for the mysterious disappearance Tuesday of a 10-week-old puppy from the San Francisco SPCA.

Violet, a 7-pound terrier mix, was taken about 2 p.m. after an SPCA attendant had shown the puppy to a woman who was interested in adopting her. The employee and woman reportedly left the room where the dog was for several minutes and returned to find Violet missing.

Although the SPCA has surveillance cameras, there is no footage of anyone snatching her. Still, staff members insist there is no possible way she could have escaped.

“She was in a room with a locked door and would have had to clear several other doors to get out of the building,” said Krista Maloney, a spokeswoman for the SFSPCA. “Someone had to have taken her.”

Violet had been spayed on Sunday and was under close watch in case she experienced any complications. She also had not been vaccinated for fatal diseases, including rabies or parvo.

The woman who was interested in adopting the puppy is not a suspect at this time, Maloney said. The SPCA is offering a $500 reward for anyone who can return Violet safely. Anyone with information on her whereabouts can call the SPCA at (415) 522-3507.

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