Dog stolen from Rittenhouse Square home returned to owner

Alison Rans hugged her foster dog Betty for a long time after the little terrier was returned Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Betty was stolen during a burglary at Rans' Rittenhouse Square apartment last Friday. (Courtesy of Alison Rans)

The tiny terrier mix stolen from a Rittenhouse Square apartment last Friday has returned home.

  • A nearby resident found the dog and took her home before realizing she was missing.
  • Betty was taken during a robbery along with a television, cameras and some jewelry.

Betty, the tiny terrier mix stolen from a Rittenhouse Square apartment last Friday, has returned home.

The lap-sized black dog was found wandering around Rittenhouse late Friday evening by a nearby resident, who took Betty home and realized Monday after seeing news reports that the dog was taken in a burglary.

"The robbers must have let her go becaue she was giving them trouble," Betty's foster owner Alison Rans said Tuesday. Both Rans and Betty could barely contain their emotions at the reunion.

The case of the missing terrier began when Rans arrived home to her first-floor apartment in the 2000 block of Walnut Street to find her front door crow-barred. Burglars, who have struck more than once in that same proximity, took Rans' television, cameras, some jewelry, and Betty.

Rans and the West Jersey Volunteers for Animals, which Rans is fostering Betty for, put up a $500 reward over the weekend. And as happens every once in a while, a crime story has a happy ending.

"It is wonderful," said Rans from her apartment, though she is going to stay with her parents in New Jersey for the near future. "She's back to her old self and wagging her tail for food."

Rans, who is an accountant for Aramark and works in Center City, said her friends and co-workers are elated by the good news that came out of a burglary.

"The news of Betty's return is spreading like wildfire," she said.

Even Philadelphia police were excited to learn of Betty arriving back home. Here's one of the city's Finest holding Betty minutes after she arrived back to Rans.

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