Hemet woman suspected of puppy theft released from jail

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HEMET (CNS) - A 21-year-old woman suspected of stealing a puppy from a Hemet animal shelter where his owners had left him for a medical procedure was released from custody Friday, Nov. 6. Chanel Groffo of Hemet was arrested Thursday and booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of grand theft of a dog. She was released on her own recognizance this morning after signing a promise-to-appear citation, according to jail records. Hemet police Lt. Michael Arellano said that on Wednesday morning, the owners of the 3-month-old Welsh Corgi puppy, ``Kai,'' left him at the ARE Animal Rescue on Florida Avenue to be neutered. After the procedure was finished, Kai was placed in a crate inside the shelter to recover. Arellano said. About an hour later, Groffo spotted the pup and s
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