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Rio Linda Woman’s Stolen Pit Bull Returned

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RIO LINDA (CBS13) — A Rio Linda woman was reunited with her dog today after thieves stole the animal from her home.

Brandee Dorado says burglars broke into her car and used the garage door opener to get inside.

“My main concern is I don’t know what they are going to do with her,” said Brandee.

Brandee became a homeowner two weeks ago.

“You think it’s just the perfect…white picket fence and everything,” said Brandee.

All of that changed this morning when thieves targeted her house.

“I don’t feel safe here anymore,” said Brandee.

She was asleep when the burglars smashed out her car window, grabbed her purse and used her garage door opener to get into her home. They stopped at the garage — the same place her three dogs sleep.

“They stole Luna,” said Brandee.

Her other dogs were there, but she believes the thieves took Luna.

“My biggest concern is that they are mistreating her or that they just picked her up and thought she’d be a good dog to fight because she’s a pitbull and they are just going to trade her for something,” said Brandee.

She called the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, but they told her to file a report online so she posted flyers and handed them out at stores.

Then the phone rang, and it was good news. Katie Cooper found Luna in her front yard. She saw the signs and returned Luna to her rightful owner.

“We really appreciate you guys bringing her back. Just thank you so much, thank you,” said Brandee. “It’s great. It makes me want to cry.”

Now Brandee has something to celebrate on this fourth of July with her best friend by her side.

“Just to know that she is back home, it feels great; it feels amazing,” said Brandee.

Brandee says that while she’s ecstatic to have Luna back, she’s still concerned that the sheriff’s department told her they couldn’t take a report at her house. She’d like to see deputies respond to all home burglaries in the future.

For now, Luna will be sleeping in the house instead of the garage. She will also be getting chipped later this week.

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