Stolen Albuquerque museum dog statue recovered

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A bronze dog statue police say was stolen from the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History has been recovered.

New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department spokesman Ben Cloutier says a recycling company bought the stolen artwork and immediately contacted state officials after recognizing it.

Cloutier says the company purchased the statue from someone for $55 and information about the seller has been turned over to Albuquerque police.

Last week, the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History reported the bronze pooch nicknamed Sparky was stolen from the museum gardens.

No arrests have been made. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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