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Puppy stolen during break-in, returned home safely

Posted at 3:35 PM, Jul 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-17 17:59:30-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — An 8-week-old puppy stolen from a home on Grand Rapids Southeast side has been returned safely. Luca the pit-mix was taken Tuesday night and needless to say, his family is happy to have him back.

“Storm had messaged me and said ‘Somebody found Luca!”

That’s the message, Luca’s owner, Ashley Taylor never thought she’d see late Thursday night.

Tyalor said, “He said that he saw him on the news that afternoon and was like ‘Yeah that’s that dog.’”

It turns out, Luca was only two streets away.

“He saw some smaller kids playing with him in the yard,” Taylor said, “He ended up being like ‘Look, I will bring the cops back if you don’t want to give them to me,’ and I guess they ended up dropping him and he took him and brought him home with him until we could figure out what to do.”

What happened next, Taylor can only describe as a wave of relief.

She said, “He heard me get out of the truck and his head poked up and I grabbed him and he started licking my face.”

Luca is healthy and unharmed, but the Taylor and her girlfriend Storm Shook said that what they’ve been through is unnerving.

“I haven’t slept in two days after hitting ‘refresh’ on every site possible that I could think of,” Taylor said.

The couple is glad to have their sidekick back and said they’re re not letting him far out of sight.

“TV’s can be replaced, and I can always make more money. Some people are like ‘Oh you can just get a new dog,’ but that’s not the point, that’s not how that works,” Taylor said.

They now have a renewed appreciate for him.

Taylor said “He’s definitely got a story now and a little more special to us because he did find his way back.”

They also can’t thank the man who found Luca enough. They said they didn’t catch his name, but won’t soon forget his actions.

“We are very thankful to him and for being brave enough to be put himself in that situation, I know a lot of people wouldn’t have,” Taylor said.

That man told the women that he found Taylor and Shook’s number on the FOX 17 website, so we’re happy we were able to help them out.

Luca has an appointment to get microchipped and as far as the investigation into who broke into the house, Taylor said all they really wanted was Luca back, so they do not plan to press charges.