2 puppies missing from stolen van are returned, reward offered for the other 3


Two of the five Pitbull puppies taken when a animal rescue group's van was stolen have been returned – and a reward is on offer for the remaining three.

Twin Cities nonprofit RPAW (Rescued Pets Are Wonderful) posted a "pupdate" on its Facebook page Thursday morning revealing that two of the missing puppies were handed in at a gas station in Hugo, Minnesota.

"We are beyond happy but are still very much concerned about the 3 others," the update said. "They were so hungry and will be going to the vet today for check ups."

On Wednesday, the nonprofit had launched a GoFundMe drive to raise enough money so that it would be able to offer rewards for the dogs' return, as well as cover the cost of some of the damage done to the stolen van.

As of Thursday morning, a total of $860 had been raised, well above the $500 target.

As a result, director Liz Gigler told the Star Tribune that there is now a $200 per puppy reward for their return, with "no questions asked" by the group.

"These pups mean the world to us and we just want them back safe," another update on Facebook said. "We are not out to prosecute anyone. Please please please give them back!"

Gigler had put the puppies in the RPAW van in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Maplewood as she prepared to take them to a foster home, only to find the van stolen when she went outside.

Anyone with information on the dogs' whereabouts can email RPAW at info@rpaw.org.

Next Up

Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph sends farewell to Vikings fans in Players Tribune piece

"Every season I played here, every game I played here — you all believed."

Megan Ryan

Star Tribune's Megan Ryan named new Twins beat reporter

Ryan replaces LaVelle E. Neal who is now in a columnist role.

minnetonka MME

Minnetonka in spotlight after teacher threatened for discussing Black trans woman

Parents and community members are calling on the district to do better and will hold a march prior to the school board meeting on Thursday.

Richard Pitino

Talk grows that this season will be Pitino's last at Gophers

A report says Pitino's tenure could be "down to his final games."

Screen Shot 2021-03-02 at 1.40.17 PM

Two gas trucks collide in Stearns County, neither explodes

The unlikely collision happened Monday afternoon.

unnamed (1)

MSP Airport expecting spring break to be busiest period since pandemic began

Passenger numbers will still be about a third lower than a year ago, though.

Target store

After bumper earnings, Target will accelerate new store openings

The retailer has revealed its plans for the next few years, which includes an investment in Minneapolis.

starbucks wayzata

100% plant-based restaurant coming to Wayzata this spring

The restaurant has plans to add additional locations in Minnesota this summer and franchise nationwide.

Patric Richardson

'Laundry Evangelist' from St. Paul gets his own Discovery+ show

Patric Richardson has built a career around the appreciation and care of clothing.