WRENTHAM, Mass. (WPRI) — The doggie daycare van reported stolen Tuesday afternoon has been found in Pawtucket, according to authorities.
The van belongs to Tail Blazers University in Wrentham, which offers dog training, boarding, grooming and walking.
Tail Blazers University owner Joshua Nichols said the van was stolen while he was running a quick errand inside a hardware store in town.
Two dogs were inside the van at the time and Nichols said he had left the keys in the ignition with the air conditioning running because he anticipated returning within a few minutes.
The next thing he knew, the van was gone.
Witnesses told Nichols they saw someone begging for money and a ride moments earlier.
“It was very heartbreaking,” he said. “I mean, where do you look? We just drove around hoping that the yellow van was parked somewhere.”
Nichols said it was extremely difficult knowing the dogs were in the van with a stranger, who had been last seen driving erratically on I-495 South.
But after several hours of searching, the van was found abandoned in Pawtucket with the dogs still inside.
Investigators believe the suspect never intended to do anything with the dogs and simply wanted the van.
No one is in custody at this time.