7 PM: According to Maloney, SFPD has said they can release photos from the surveillance footage of the suspects in the puppy’s abduction. You can see those photos in the slideshow above.

The police are still looking for the suspects, Maloney says. If you have any information on the crime, you’re urged to contact Sgt. Pete Shields at the Mission Police Station at 415-558-5400.

The Chronicle also has a sweet piece on James’ (they call him “Bodhi”) new guardian. Check it out here.

james.spca.jpg5:22 PM: I think that most folks reacted to the story of a puppy abducted from the SF SPCA Tuesday afternoon with concern, but worry no more: he was safely returned this afternoon.

James, an 8-week-old light brown and white mixed breed puppy (that’s him pictured at the right) was abducted at around 3:45 Tuesday afternoon, by a Latino couple in their mid-30’s that was accompanied by a child.

The puppy was, says SF SPCA spokesperson Krista Maloney, scheduled to go home with his new adoptive family Tuesday evening.

Maloney says that “James was returned to us by a woman who said she bought him for $200 outside the Safeway on Mission. She brought the puppy to her mom’s house, and the mom realized that puppy had been stolen because she had seen James’ photo on the news. The women, who wants to remain anonymous, returned James to SF SPCA around 2pm.”

“He looks happy and healthy, and we’re thrilled to have him back,” says Maloney.

James will be reunited with his new family at the SF SPCA Adoptions Center today at 5:30pm.

“His new adoptive family” says Maloney “couldn’t be happier.”

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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