Vega, the 7-month-old pit bull puppy stolen from a Lancaster shelter in a brazen break-in on Tuesday, is safe.
Authorities received an anonymous tip that a dog matching the description of the stolen puppy was seen tied up at a business in Lancaster and recovered him there, according to Fox 43 TV.
Police found Vega around 3 a.m. tied out with a bag of toys beside him.
The Humane League of Lancaster County said Vega is in good condition and was identified through his microchip.
"We are all so relieved. We had great concerns about Vega's health and safety given the nature of the break in, " Megan Gallagher, a shelter spokeswoman, told Fox.
Vega was apparently targeted in an overnight break-in at the shelter on Tuesday. The thief disabled the power, broke a padlock and pried off a window to get inside. He then snatched Vega from his pen and fled.
Shelter staff feared that the puppy could have been stolen for breeding or dog fighting.
Vega should be heading to his forever home soon. He was scheduled to be adopted on Thursday.
"We are so happy that he will be able to be reunited with his adoptive family," Gallagher said.