CLEVELAND - An 8-week-old black Labrador puppy was taken from the Cleveland Animal Protective League while another family was ready to take her home.
The Cleveland APL said Lucy, weighing only eight and a half pounds, was stolen at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
"We believe that the puppy was stolen while another family was in the process of adopting her," said Sharon Harvey, CEO and President of the Cleveland APL in a news release on Thursday.
"A second person saw her, picked her up, and inquired about her. She was told by an APL team member that the puppy was in the process of being adopted. Shortly after that, it was discovered that the puppy was gone."
According to the APL, the woman who took the dog was in her late 30s or early 40s with short, blond hair. She was about 5 foot 5 and 200 pounds with black-rimmed glasses.
"We are devastated and the family that had fallen in love with her is heartbroken that Lucy was stolen just as they were getting ready to welcome her into their family," Harvey said.
The APL wants anyone with information to contact them at 216-771-4616, Ext. 0 or Ext. 125.