Family reunited with stolen dog

Family reunited with stolen dog
In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo, Casey Stradley, right, of Albany, Ore., with her daughter Lahayla, 3, are reunited with their Chihuahua Jazzy at the Albany (Ore.) Police Department. (AP Photo/Albany Democrat-Herald, David Patton)

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A dog stolen from an Albany family has been returned, but their pet python won't be coming back.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reported Friday a woman found Jazzy the Chihuahua outside her apartment and called police. The dog was returned Thursday to the family of David and Casey Stradley.

Police say 39-year-old Blaze McCormick of Brownsville remains in custody, charged with theft and burglary.

The pets were taken Monday.

David Stradley said the former friend recently broke up with an acquaintance and was acting vindictively.

But the reunion with Jazzy wasn't completely joyful, as the 7-year-old boy son Gajen hung his head and cried.

On Tuesday, his ball python, Killer, was found dead in a plastic bag on a sidewalk.

David Stradley assured the boy he would get another snake.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com

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