Cuban singer’s puppy stolen at veterinarian’s office returns home

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A singer’s teacup puppy returned home after a woman stole it from a veterinarian’s office on Tuesday in Miami-Dade County.

Lenier Mesa, a Cuban singer who lives in Miami, used social media to say in Spanish that the puppy was his and it had vanished after a relative took it to the veterinarian to get vaccinated.

Mesa later shared a picture of the woman who allegedly stole and returned the pomeranian to the Best Care Animal Clinic in Miami-Dade’s University Park neighborhood.

Surveillance video from the veterinarian’s office shows a woman grabbed the dog when no one was watching, hid it under her T-shirt, and ran out of the clinic at 9804 SW 8th St.

A social media user who advertises his business as a dog breeder provided the surveillance video to Only in Dade, which publishes user-submitted content.

Local 10 News has a pending request for records on the alleged suspect’s case.


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The Emmy Award-winning journalist joined the Local 10 News team in 2013. She wrote for the Miami Herald for more than 9 years and won a Green Eyeshade Award.

Joseph Ojo joined Local 10 in April 2021. Born and raised in New York City, he previously worked in Buffalo, North Dakota, Fort Myers and Baltimore.