Dog found in stolen pickup after chase reunited with owner

SAN DIEGO – A dog found in the back of a stolen pickup  after a police chase Thursday has been reunited with his owner.

After the chase ended with a dramatic takedown of the driver by a police dog, officers found a pit bull in the back seat of the cab. The dog's owners showed up after the chase to claim the animal, but they didn't bring the necessary paperwork to prove ownership.

The dog, a blue pit bull named Devo, was checked out by a veterinarian, who found that he was in good health.  Friday morning, the dog was transferred to the county animal shelter in Bonita.

The dog's owner showed up at about 11:30 a.m. with ownership papers and was reunited with the dog.

Dan DeSouza, with San Diego County Animal Services told FOX 5 that the dogs health was their first priority.

"In these situations, we are interested in the health and the welfare of the dog based upon the environment he was in," DeSouza said.  "We wanted to make sure he was checked out right away. By that time of the day, our veterinary staff was already leaving, so that is why we took him to the emergency vet hospital for overnight observation."

Devo's owner claims she doesn't know the suspect in Thursday night's pursuit and doesn't know how the dog got into the pickup.

However Fox 5 contacted Dirt Cheap Demolition and learned the truck was stolen from a job site near Del Mar.

"about two o’clock I got a call from one of my guys who said hey the trucks been stolen. I said what do you mean and he said yeah some guy was able to start it and he took off with the truck," said Dan Cannon the owner of the company.

Cannon told Fox 5 the dog wasn't in the truck at the time it was stolen and they didn't know the suspect.

"Sure enough I confirmed it with National City police that guy who stole the truck went somewhere and picked that pitbull up for what reason I don't know, but I’m glad the dogs is okay," said Cannon.

Fox 5 made several attempts to contact National City Police for further updates on the investigation, but as of Friday evening had not heard back.