OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Employees and patrons of an Olympia animal shelter thwarted the apparent dognapping of a Chihuahua named Machoman.
Two teenage girls stuffed the dog in a backpack Wednesday and walked out of Thurston County Animal Services.
The Olympian reports witnesses alerted the staff. One volunteer yelled at the girls to stop. They said they had their own cat in the backpack.
Meanwhile, a woman who had donated food to the shelter followed the girls and snatched the backpack. Machoman was inside, scared but OK.
Police stopped the 14-year-old and 17-year-old girls. The 14-year-old was wanted on arrest warrants and was held in juvenile detention for investigation of theft.
Animal Services Director Susanne Beauregard said Machoman's adoption fee is $81. But she suspects the girls hoped to sell him for hundreds.