‘Princess Zelda' Pug Stolen From North Park Home Returned Home Safe

Four-year-old pug named Princess Zelda has been recovered

A pug stolen from a North Park home by thieves in the middle of the night has been returned home safe and sound.

An investigator told the pug's owners Monday that police recovered the dog and were keeping her at the police station. The owners went to pick her up shortly after.

Jesse Ray's four-year-old pug named Princess Zelda was stolen last Wednesday. It happened when Ray stepped out of his home to make a quick trip to the convenience store around the corner with his brother.

When Ray returned, his front door was locked but Princess Zelda was nowhere to be found.

"We were gone maybe 10 to 15 minutes. When we got back, my house was broken into and my dog was gone," Ray said.

A neighbor's surveillance camera appears to have captured the suspected thieves getting out of an SUV, heading towards the back of the house and then taking off with Princess Zelda in their arms.

"It's pretty clear [one] of them [is] running out of my house holding a white, furry ball, which is my dog," Ray said. 

Ray told NBC 7 his precious pooch is doing well now.

No further details were available about where the pug was found because of the ongoing investigation.

Ray believes the thieves used one of the pug's toys to lure the dog away. If you have any information, call San Diego police at (619) 516-3000 and ask for Detective Tafoya. 

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