Stolen shelter puppy found, man suspected of stealing him is still at large

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An injured puppy who was stolen from an animal shelter in DeWitt, New York, on May 26 has been recovered. The 8-to-10-week-old puppy, named Dumbo, was taken from the CNY Syracuse animal shelter when someone broke in during the night. Shelter officials were desperate to recover Dumbo because he had multiple injuries requiring veterinary care.

According to, thanks to tips from the community, Dumbo was found on Thursday night, but the man suspected of stealing him is still at large. Police have identified 40-year-old George G. Shuttleworth, a homeless man known to frequent the areas of Carrier Circle, East Molloy Road, and Mattydale, as the person of interest.

Shuttleworth is wanted on five active warrants. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is should call 911 or the DeWitt police at 315-449-3640.

Dumbo is described as “in good health,” and he is back in the care of the shelter.

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