Dogs found after being taken in stolen vehicle

THORNTON, Colo. -- Two dogs taken when a man's vehicle was stolen from a gas station Wednesday evening were located Thursday afternoon.

Jeremy Cooper's dogs were found wandering around a neighborhood near East 100th Avenue and Williams Street by two good Samaritans who looked at the tags and called the pets' owner.

The stolen vehicle was also recovered later in the day.

Cooper earlier posted a plea to his Facebook page, saying his FJ Land Cruiser was stolen from a gas station and his two dogs were in the back of the vehicle when the thief took off.

Cooper said he left the dogs in the vehicle with the keys inside.

According to Cooper, the Land Cruiser was taken from the area of East 120th Avenue and York Street around 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Police reportedly chased the vehicle to East 84th Avenue and Pecos Street before ending the pursuit.

The dogs were described as a golden retriever named Scout and an 8-year-old chocolate Labrador named Axle.

Cooper's mother said her son's phone was in the vehicle when it was stolen but was later tossed out of the Land Cruiser and recovered.