Woman Finds Stolen Rittenhouse Dog in Park

Betty, missing since a burglary last week, has been reunited with her owner

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013  |  Updated 4:14 PM EDT
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Woman Finds Stolen Rittenhouse Dog in Park

Philadelphia Police

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Betty, a six-pound pup, who went missing last week after her owner's Rittenhouse apartment was burglarized is home once again.

Ali Rans came home Friday night to find the door to her apartment on the 2000 block of Walnut Street pried open with a crowbar. The thief stole computers, cameras, jewelry and -- worst of all -- Betty.

“I can only assume they took her away in the dog bag and left the building that way with my belongings,” Rans told NBC10 Monday.

But today, Betty was located a little more than a block from home.

Philadelphia Police 9th District Crime Prevention Officer Steve Kiefer was out on patrol when he came across Betty in Rittenhouse Square, according to Capt. Frank Banford.

Officials say a passerby came across Betty on Friday in the square. Unable to locate her owner, the unidentified person took the pooch home and brought her back to the park Tuesday where Betty was turned over to Ofc. Kiefer.

A short time after being found, Ofc. Kiefer was able to reunite Betty and Ali.

Capt. Banford tweeted Betty was in good condition, "drinking water like there's no tomorrow."

The burglary is still being investigated.

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