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Video camera captures woman taking Melville pooch

A security camera recorded the image of a woman getting out of her car and scooping up one of three pet dogs outside a Melville home and then driving off, the dog's owner and Suffolk police said Tuesday.

"I'm pretty positive she'll bring her back," said Lisa Fuschetto, the dog's owner. "There are good people out there."

Once before, Fuschetto said one of her pet dogs, that one a shih tzu, was taken, and about a month after blanketing the neighborhood with fliers and posters, the person that took the dog returned her.

Fuschetto said the image on her security video shows her 2-year-old poodle-shih tzu mix, Dulce, in the front yard on Old Country Road Sunday with two other pet dogs. In the video, Dulce gets under the fence toward the street, she said, and a woman stops the car and takes her. The image on the video is not good enough to clearly identify the woman or the vehicle, she said.

When Fuschetto purchased Dulce as a puppy, she cost $1,800, but Suffolk police who are investigating the case said they are not sure larceny was the motive for taking the dog. The woman may have just been concerned for the dog's safety, as it was near the roadway and picked the dog up to keep it safe, police said.

Fuschetto hopes that's the case. "But if we don't get Dolce back by tomorrow, there'll be fliers everywhere," she said.

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