Hours after surveillance video was released capturing the apparent theft of a dog from its Valley Glen home, the owners found their beloved pet on Sunday but the story behind its disappearance remained a mystery.
A Maltese dog named "Mickey" was nabbed from the home, located near Victory Boulevard and Fulton Avenue, around 6:45 p.m. Saturday, owner Lucy Gureghian said.
“It’s hard to actually see it with your own eyes. To see that he clearly didn’t even want to go, and the fact that she forced it upon him and then just took him," Gureghian said of watching the surveillance footage.
In the video, the small dog is seen running from a woman after she entered the home's front yard.
After a failed attempt to grab the dog, she later picks him up near the front door and leaves the yard -- apparently meeting someone at the sidewalk.
"Please just bring him back, that’s all we ask for," Gureghian said on Sunday. "We won’t press any charges. We just want our dog back. He’s part of our family and we miss him very much.”
The dog's family spotted a "dog found" sign later in the evening on Sunday, and after knocking on several doors they located Mickey at a neighbor's home.
The neighbor, who was not either of the women pictured in the surveillance footage, told the family someone left the dog with them.
Mickey appeared unharmed, and was crying and excited when reunited with his owners, the family said.
Although his owners said they were suspicious of the neighbor's story, they were happy to have him home and did not intend to press charges.
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Sunday afternoon that a report about the theft had been made, but did not provide additional information.