BY DANNy RESTIVO
NEW CASTLE, PA.
A woman and her beloved puppies were reunited after they were reported stolen nearly 24 hours earlier.
Irene Matas said her two Boston terrier puppies showered her with licks when they were returned home Saturday.
“I felt like I must have had the cleanest face in town,” she said.
The 75-year-old, who is undergoing cancer treatment, said she had the two puppies for three weeks before someone broke into her home sometime Thursday night, or early Friday morning, while she and her brother were sleeping. The burglars took a 42-inch flat-screen TV, her purse, and a digital camera, along with the puppies, from her Mahoning Township home.
After offering a $1,500 reward and talking with local media outlets, she started receiving calls from people who had information about the stolen dogs. She then contacted the police and told them where the dogs might be. The police followed up and found the male puppy, Peanuts, in a New Castle home. He was returned around 1 a.m. Saturday. The second puppy, Sissy, was returned after Matas received a call at 8 a.m., which notified her of its whereabouts. She said the police went to a home in Neshannock Township and returned Sissy at about 11 a.m. Saturday.
“They ran right to each other when they saw each other,” said Matas. “That was the first time they were ever separated.”
Matas said she doesn’t care what happened to the rest of her stolen items, she’s just happy to have her two puppies back.
“These two puppy dogs were all that mattered to me,” she said.
Matas said the female had lost a little bit of weight, but she’s going to get her back to health.
Police said they are still investigating the incident, but a report would not be available until Monday.
Matas said she plans to split the $1,500 reward between the two callers.