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Family dog stolen from Fairfield Service Plaza is recovered, police in dogged pursuit of suspects

It took a few months, but Connecticut State Police Detectives were able to locate a family dog that went missing in February of this year.

In the very early morning hours of February 2, 2021, as much of the state was recovering from a major snowstorm, a vehicle containing a family dog – Cindy – was stolen from the northbound Fairfield Service Plaza on Interstate 95 in Fairfield. The stolen vehicle was recovered a short time later, but Cindy was missing.

Detectives from the State Police Western District Major Crime Squad assumed the investigation to commence this K-9 track. Detectives were in dogged pursuit of the suspects, there were no “paws” in their investigation in order to reunite Cindy with her family. Detectives executed – or in this case, un- “leashed” - numerous search and seizure warrants and conducted interviews.

On Sept. 22, 2021, detectives conducted surveillance operations in Waterbury and located and recovered Cindy without incident. Cindy was transported to a local animal hospital for evaluation. Cindy remains in the custody of CT State Police and Waterbury Animal Control until she can be reunited with her family.

Detectives are continuing their investigation and arrests are imminent, proving that the suspects were “barking up the wrong tree” when they took Cindy.

No doubt this was a “ruff” time for Cindy’s family, but they will be reunited soon!

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