EATONTOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A Pomeranian that was stolen from a New Jersey animal shelter on Christmas Eve finally has a home.
The dog, named Tub Tub, met his new owners – 5-year-old twins Lana and Alani — Friday.
Their mother, Dominique Searight, said she saved up all year to adopt him from the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Eatontown.
A former shelter volunteer is accused of stealing Tub Tub on Christmas Eve, leaving Searight without a gift for her girls.
“I’m definitely feeling happy. I feel like the whole entire thing – I’m not going to say that it was worth it, but I’m just happy it turned out to be a good ending and that we’re finally through it,” she said Friday.
“I’m going to take care of him forever,” said one of her daughters.
“And going to bring him a bed and toys,” another added.
Tub Tub was missing for three days before a tip led police to 63-year-old Susan Bajew. Investigators say she stole the dog because she didn’t have the money for adoption fees.