SHERWOOD, Ore. (KOIN) — A local family was reunited with their dog Monday, nearly a year after she was reportedly stolen.
Pippin the Australian Shepherd was taken in front of an Oregon store on December 14, 2014, Washington County Sheriff’s Office said.
“We searched all over and she was just gone,” Cara Esau, who adopted Pippin last year, told KOIN 6 News.
Around 1:30 p.m. Monday, deputies were called to the 18400 block of SW Parrett Mountain Road in Sherwood after receiving a tip.
Upon their arrival, deputies found the dog and a woman who matched the suspect’s description.
Pippin was taken to Banfield Pet Hospital where deputies confirmed her identity through a chip implant.
The dog’s owner picked her up and surprised her children with a reunion Monday night.
“When they first walked in the door I thought I was dreaming,” Aaron Esau said. “It still kind of feels like a dream, and it’s crazy to believe that Pippin’s back.”
Penelope Whipple, 54, was arrested and charged with felony first-degree theft of a companion animal. She is being held on $10,000 bail.
Whipple has reportedly been charged with similar crimes over the years.