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Truckee family’s dog rescued from stolen vehicle in Reno

Reunited: This dog is back with his family after being stolen along with a pickup

Albus the dog was in a vehicle that was stolen from a family in Truckee. See the happy reunion.
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Albus the dog was in a vehicle that was stolen from a family in Truckee. See the happy reunion.

A dog taken when thieves stole a pickup truck in Truckee on Saturday has been reunited with his family after he was found inside the vehicle in Reno on Tuesday.

The vehicle, a 2016 Dodge Ram, was reported stolen Saturday evening from in front of the owner’s home in the downtown Truckee area with the family dog, Albus, inside, according to a Truckee Police Department Facebook post.

Officers found the pickup a few blocks away and attempted to stop it, but the pickup headed onto Interstate 80. The California Highway Patrol took up the chase, pursuing the vehicle all the way to Reno. When the pickup exited the freeway and continued traveling on surface streets, the CHP ended the pursuit, according to the news release.

Truckee detectives worked for two days to locate the vehicle due to concerns for the dog’s safety. They believed the dog would still be in the vehicle and were able to narrow down the area where they thought the truck might be located. About 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, the vehicle was spotted in a residential neighborhood in southeast Reno.

“Albus was located inside the vehicle, a little lethargic and thirsty, but in overall good health, given the circumstances,” the news release said.

Detectives turned the dog over to his family. Albus was taken to a veterinary clinic and was reported recovering well.

Police are continuing to investigate the vehicle theft. Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Truckee Police Department at 530-550-2323.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy