Volunteer steals dog from Berkeley Humane in ‘premeditated attack’

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BERKELEY (KRON) – A Good Samaritan found and returned a young dog who was stolen from Berkeley Humane over the weekend by a “previously trusted” volunteer.

According to Berkeley Humane, 6-month-old Ribbon was stolen from a passcode-protected area of the shelter by Kimberly Olwin-Zhao, who they say is known to Berkeley police and may have been using an alias.

On Monday, the Good Samaritan brought Ribbon into the Berkeley Animal Care Services to get her chip scanned. After her identification was confirmed, Berkeley Humane was contacted.

Ribbon was returned safe and unharmed.

At this time, no arrests have been made and the investigation continues.

Olwin-Zhao has been fired from the volunteer program.

Over the weekend, officials said Olwin-Zhao arrived at the shelter after the kennels were open but had not signed up for a volunteer shift.

“She went right to Ribbon’s kennel and left with her in under four minutes. Staff has looked for her and called her phone many times. The timing and behavior lead us to believe this was a deliberate, premeditated act,” the shelter said in a statement.

Officials said Olwin-Zhao went through thorough training before caring for the animals as per policy.

Ribbon is a 6-month-old Staffordshire Terrier mix; she has been spayed and microchipped.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Berkeley Police Department at 510-982-5900.

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