ECHO PARK – An Echo Park man whose dog Fannie was stolen by two women posing as animal cruelty officers was reunited with his pet after police arrested one of the suspects, reports ABC7.
51-year-old Jenny Smiles was arrested on multiple felony charges involving the April 24 theft, first reported in The Eastsider, after a person told police she had overheard the suspects discussing the incident.
A reader comment posted on The Eastsider’s story on the dog theft appears to be from the person who identified the suspects:
On April 15 … I was at Center Sinai animal hospital on Venice & Overland. I was sitting in the lobby and a woman came inside holding this dog. I am a volunteer with Perfect Pet Rescue . Myself & the owner of our rescue were speaking to a couple wanting to adopt one of our rescues. this woman who was holding this white dog kept interrupting our adoption process. That, of course drew our attention to this woman. Later, still holding this white adorable dog, she began to tell me she rescued this dog from a man in Los Angels who was reportedly abusing this dog. She told me she & her friend had jumped the fence into the security building & knocked on his door and told this man he must surrender his dog or immigration would be called. Her female friend works for animal control & had a badge or name tag on & was in a jumpsuit. She was bring this dog to Center Sinai for a wellness check and taking her to a foster home. I am sure this is the dog. She told me her name was Jeanine or Jeanie. I cannot quite recall. My heart aches for this man.
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