MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A South Florida woman was arrested Wednesday on accusations that she stole a puppy from a veterinarian clinic back in June.
Madelyn Acosta, 46, went before a judge Thursday on a charge of third-degree grand theft.
Police believe she’s the woman seen in surveillance video stealing a puppy from its carrier at the Best Care Animal Clinic on Southwest Eighth Street in Miami-Dade’s University Park neighborhood while the handler was paying the bill.
RAW FOOTAGE: Surveillance video shows woman stealing puppy at Miami-Dade animal clinic
The incident occurred on June 15.
Police say Acosta hid the puppy under her shirt before walking out. They said she returned the puppy to the animal clinic last month.
Acosta is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in lieu of a $5,000 bond. The judge on Thursday ordered her to stay away from the animal clinic.