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Craigslist dog sitter accused of stealing pooch arrested

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The Boynton Beach Police Department in South Florida reunited a stolen dog with her owners on Monday morning after a pet sitter sold the dog on Craigslist while the family was abroad on vacation in early August reported

Fluffy, a four-year-old Shih Teese, (Shih Tzu and Pekingese) had been entrusted to Keyane Morales, or at least that is the name she gave the dog's owners, who had hired the pet sitter before leaving on their trip. Fluffy's owners had posted on Craigslist advertising for a pet sitter and had met with Morales at her residence in Boynton Beach.

During the course of the owners' trip, Morales had even sent emails and photos of the dog.

When the victims returned on August 4, Morales was no where to be found, and Fluffy was missing.

It turns out that the pet sitter used a fake name and a fake address. When the owners returned to the woman's house, it was vacant. Police identified the pet sitter as Shamari Avione Patrick, who allegedly admitted to selling Fluffy on Craigslist to a woman in Wellington three weeks prior.

Patrick is now facing grand theft charges, but Fluffy is home and safe.

Dog owners are advised to be very careful when looking for a pet sitter, especially on Craigslist. There are many reputable dog walking services; check references and be careful. Fluffy was lucky.

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