A puppy stolen from the Lexington Humane Society was returned by the 3 p.m. Wednesday deadline the agency set, the organization reported on its Facebook page.
The pup, named Thompson, was taken about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday by a man and a woman who visited the shelter on Old Frankfort Pike.
The humane society released surveillance photos and videos of the two and pledged to accept the dog's return with no questions asked if the pup was turned over by 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The agency thanked the public for its help spreading the word and providing tips.
"Thompson is now safe and sound," the agency said on its Facebook page. "He is very tired after his long night and has a mild sprain in his front leg. Otherwise, he is happy and glad to be back where he is so very loved."
The agency got a tip from the unknown perpetrator and staff met an anonymous person in an intermediary location to get the dog back.
"True to our word, we will not be pressing charges," the agency said.
Earlier Wednesday, Ashley Hammond, development manager for the humane society, said that the staff just wanted him back.
The Australian mix puppy, which has an identifying microchip, is about 5 months old. A family was interested in adopting the puppy before he was abducted.
According to society officials, a man entered the shelter, went to an area where the puppy was and took him from his cage. The man then carried Thompson into an outdoor dog play area and tossed him over a fence to the woman, who was waiting on the other side, society officials said.
Officials said they think the woman entered the shelter first, and the man came in immediately afterward.
The dog easily could have been injured, officials said.
"The fence is very tall, so we're lucky he didn't get caught on the fence when he was tossed over," Hammond said. "It's very sad."
Humane Society leaders said they were open to considering new safeguards at the shelter. But it is intended to be open and welcoming to potential adoptive families. It has more than 80,000 visitors a year.
"Ninety-nine percent of our visitors are here with good intentions," Hammond said. "Unfortunately, there is one percent that will navigate around things to get what they want. That's what they did this time."
Taking the dog saved the thief about $200 to $250 in adoption fees.
Dogs have been stolen from the shelter about four times, shelter officials said. In all but one of those cases, the animals were recovered.