The Spokane County Sheriff's Office posted an update on the puppy who was rescued by a deputy earlier this week.

The puppy has been returned to the people who had possession of him. They said he went missing earlier this week.

Here is the full update from the sheriff's office:

Yesterday evening while on his day off, Spokane County Sheriff s Deputy Marc Melville received information there was an ad posted earlier in the morning regarding 2 lost puppies.

Deputy Melville located the ad and after reading it, he realized the puppy he had taken in early Monday morning during his shift was one of the lost puppies. He contacted the poster and learned she had been watching the family of dogs for a friend. When she went to check on them, she found 2 of the puppies were missing.

Deputy Melville brought the little guy over to her location to confirm this was one of the lost puppies. The puppy immediately ran over and happily joined his momma unfortunately eroding any doubt in Deputy Melville s mind.

Deputy Melville talked with the female about the call he had responded to and the description of the suspect. She explained she didn t know anyone matching the description and she believed the puppies may have been taken from the location or they got out somehow. The other dogs were well taken care of, and being convinced the 7-week-old puppy was now reunited with his mom, Deputy Melville reluctantly said good bye to his new friend.

He and his family are obviously saddened the puppy couldn t stay with them but it was nice to see him reunited with his family. Deputy Melville let her know if the owner, who is currently out of town, should happen to change his mind and want to sell the puppy, he would be ecstatic to take the little guy home.

Deputy Melville and the Spokane County Sheriff s Office would like to Thank everyone for all the kind words and messages of support we have received. It is truly appreciated

Earlier story:

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- A Spokane County deputy's shift brought him something much more than he expected.

The deputy's shift was winding down when he heard the call on his radio - a man appeared to be abandoning puppies at a nearby intersection. So Deputy Marc Melville headed to the area early Monday morning.

The caller had reported seeing a man drop an adult dog and five or six puppies out of a vehicle. Melville found just one puppy - but it ended up going home with him.

He looked at me, he licked my nose and that was pretty much all she wrote on that one, said the deputy.

Melville says the puppy appears healthy and is getting along well with his other dogs.

This story had a happy ending, but people who have pets they cannot take care of and are unable to find a good home for are encouraged to contact SCRAPS instead of dropping them off on the side of the road to fend for themselves.

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