Elderly man reunited with stolen dog after thieves ransack home

Elderly man reunited with stolen dog after thieves ransack home

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by BORA KIM / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on April 17, 2013 at 11:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 17 at 11:41 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 77-year-old north Charlotte man has been reunited with his beloved pet, presumed stolen during a break-in of his home Monday evening.

NBC Charlotte met up with Robert Ward Wednesday night.  He had searched his home and walked the surrounding areas day and night in search of his 14-pound Pomeranian named, “Baby.”

Monday evening, Ward left his house for dinner.  When he returned two hours later, he realized someone made entry by breaking into the bathroom window.

The thieves stole six valuable antique firearms.  The guns, having been passed down from generations, had their own sentimental value.  Ward, however, broke down in tears when he described how his dogs are like a member of the family.

“They get to you.  They get to your heart,” he said.

Ward’s older dog, “Nikita,” is Baby’s mother.  He gave the puppy as a gift to his late wife, 14 years ago.  Ward said when he got home to find his house ransacked, Nikita began barking incessantly and would not stop until he realized “Baby” was gone.

“Nikita has just been staying under the bed, hard to get out, she won’t eat.  I’ve been up all night.  I can’t sleep,” he said.

Ward believes Nikita was hiding under the bed as thieves ransacked his home.  He said Baby was the type to approach strangers.

“It broke my heart to know they would take her, when she needed her medicine,” he cried.  “They will be no questions on my part, all I want is my dog back.”

Not long after, a call came in to alert Ward that a dog bearing Baby’s resemblance was brought in to the animal shelter on Tuesday.  Ward and a friend rushed to the shelter to find the person who brought Baby in.  They said the dog was wandering along a busy street, more than a mile from his home.

“Come here Baby,” he said as he took his lost dog into his arms.

Ward is convinced she could have never walked that distance with her short legs.  He will likely never know exactly what happened but is grateful that Baby is home again.

“I just want to thank the good Samaritan who brought her to the shelter,” he said.

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