4 of 5 puppies returned from stolen St. Paul animal rescue van

The animal rescue van that took off with 5 pitbull puppies in it on Tuesday has been located in St. Paul, and as of Saturday, 4 of the 5 have been returned. Rescued Pets Are Wonderful (RPAW) said the fourth puppy was recovered in Cottage Grove after being bought at a gas station. The man selling him just wanted money for a bus ticket.

The chocolate-colored pup one is the only one still missing, and a $750 reward is being offered for its safe return.

FIRST REPORT - Minnesota non-profit animal rescue van stolen with 5 puppies

"We got a call from a St. Paul resident stating she thought the rescue van was in front of her house," Liz Gigler, RPAW Director said. "We drove over and it sure was. No plates, the logos were scratched off, and everything possible was removed on the inside."

Gigler said the hundreds of dollars of equipment and donations can be replaced, but the lives of those pups cannot. St. Paul animal control has offered to take the dogs back, with no questions asked, at their impound location.

"If anyone gets one or if it is the people that took them please just drop them off at a vet or shelter ASAP," Gigler said. "Pit bulls are extremely susceptible to the parvo virus, more than many other breeds and it is crucial that we get them back and to the vet."

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