KOOTENAI CO., Idaho – A service dog that had been reported stolen has been returned to its owner, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.

Deputies said on October 8 around 11:00 a.m., a white 1999 Ford Escort was momentarily left parked and unattended near West Box Canyon Drive and North Corbin Road in Post Falls. Inside the car was a purse, overnight bag and the victim’s four-year-old black Yorkie service dog named Bridgett.

The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office posted on their Facebook page just past Noon that Bridgett had been found and returned to her owner.


When the victim returned to the area where the vehicle was parked, it had been stolen.

At the time of the theft, Bridgett was wearing a collar with her name on a heart-shaped tag and was inside a pink dog carrier.

On October 11, the car was recovered in Spokane, but there were no signs of Bridgett.

Approximately 20 minutes after the car was stolen, an individual was seen in surveillance video and attempted to use a debit card belonging to the victim.