Snickers, the Maltese mix believed taken during a burglary of a Santa Fe home on Friday, has been reunited with his family.
The elderly dog with heart troubles appears to be in good health, said Erin Rideout. She plans to take him to a veterinarian today.
Rideout said she received a call around 11 p.m. Saturday that a dog who fit Snickers’ description was running around the parking lot of Regal Cinemas on Cerrillos Road. The people initially had trouble catching the
5-pound pup, but eventually put him in a carrier.
"He was kind of nippy," she said.
Rideout arrived about 20 minutes later and confirmed it was the family dog. Aside from a few thorns, the dog appears to have had no ill effects from its apparent dog napping.
“I’m so happy,” Rideout said. “He’s really kind of rambunctious.”
The dog was taken from the Gonzales Road home during the burglary, along with laptops, jewelry, CDs, and a television set. The 14-year-old dog requires daily medication to treat his heart condition and likely would have died within a few days, according to his veterinarian.
Rideout, who spent Saturday posting fliers throughout town, said the woman who called had seen the posters. The family is relieved the dog is safe at home, she said.