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News Anchor Reporting On A Stolen Puppy Sees The Same Dog In The Street, Realizes It’s The Kidnapper Walking Him
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Dogs, People1 year ago

News Anchor Reporting On A Stolen Puppy Sees The Same Dog In The Street, Realizes It’s The Kidnapper Walking Him

Boston reporter Juliana Mazza proved that we can all be everyday heroes—all it takes is our wits and a little bit of luck. She and the rest of her local 7NEWS crew became involved in the dognapping story they were covering after Juliana noticed a man walking what appeared to look exactly like Titus, the dog who was stolen from a parked car in Cambridge last Friday.

Going live, Juliana used the opportunity to say hello to the dog and check his collar. She then confronted the dognapper and—with a few razor-sharp questions—backed him up into a corner, called 911, and solved the entire mystery.

The story had a very happy ending. Titus, the 13-month-old German shorthaired pointer, was reunited with his owner, Greg Siesczkiewicz, who was incredibly emotional to get his best buddy back.

Check out the full video of how things went down between the 7NEWS crew and puppy thief below, dear Pandas

Titus the dog was stolen last Friday by the man shown in this surveillance capture photo

Juliana spotted a dog just like Titus while reporting on the dognapping

After confronting the perpetrator with a series of questions, she then called the police

Titus, an incredibly good and handsome boy, was later reunited with his owner who was understandably very emotional

The dognapper’s excuses all fell flat under scrutiny. The perpetrator insisted that it was just a dog walking misunderstanding: that he supposedly mixed Titus up with another dog that he was supposed to be walking when he saw him barking in a car.

However, Juliana poked holes in his story, like why he didn’t bother calling the number on Titus’ collar over the span of an entire day. The dognapper was later identified as the suspect in surveillance photos showing him stealing Titus.

What’s more, the perp’s story kept changing. For instance, on Saturday, he said that his phone was broken while on Monday his phone was now lost. Go figure. He later apologized for his ‘mistake’ and insisted it’s all been a huge misunderstanding. He’s facing charges for larceny of over 1.2k dollars, as well as breaking and entering into a vehicle to commit a felony.

Meanwhile, Titus’ owner Greg thanked the news crew for finding and saving his puppy. “I’m just glad that the person came back and I’m just glad that you guys were there. If anyone ever sees this who question the value of media, social media, broadcast media, this proves it,” he told 7NEWS.

As reporters, we’re very proud of Juliana and think that she’s setting the bar pretty high for the rest of us. We’re more than happy to take her up on that challenge.

Here’s how some people on the internet reacted to the reporter being an everyday superhero

Image credits: beachpoppy

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 year ago

Karma was finally swift, and doggo got to go home safely ^-^ stealing a dog is a disgustingly amoral thing to do

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The only justification I accept for stealing a dog is if their owner is neglecting or abusing them, and you can’t get the authorities to do anything about it. (TBH, if that’s the reason you’re taking the dog, it really isn’t stealing, it’s rescuing.) It’s evident that’s not the case here, as the dog was so relieved and happy to see their real owner. If it had been a case of abuse, the dog’s reaction to their owner would’ve been fear, not joy.

Lauretta Riddle
Community Member
1 year ago

Our neighbors didnt treat their puppy very well. I didnt say anything but felt sorry for him - my dogs would come in the house and he would cry. Then one Christmas morning I opened to back door to let my dogs out, left the door open since it was nice out (Texas) and heard someone chowing down at the food dish - turned around to find a brown and white dog helping himself. I did not have a brown and white dog. Neighbors dog had found a way into my yard and decided to stay with me, no matter how many times I put him back. They moved and left him. I didnt steal him - he just helped himself!

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

That kidnapper really wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed. He walked the dog in the exact same place he kidnapped him and the dog is extremely identifiable so he really couldn't claim that he mixed up the dog. The reunion was so adorable--Titus' little noises were the cutest.

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 year ago

And he conveniently left his nose out of his mask for easy identification XD doesn't wear his mask properly, steals dogs, I think that in the shed he'd have to be the inflatable pool toy in terms of sharpness

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 year ago

Karma was finally swift, and doggo got to go home safely ^-^ stealing a dog is a disgustingly amoral thing to do

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

The only justification I accept for stealing a dog is if their owner is neglecting or abusing them, and you can’t get the authorities to do anything about it. (TBH, if that’s the reason you’re taking the dog, it really isn’t stealing, it’s rescuing.) It’s evident that’s not the case here, as the dog was so relieved and happy to see their real owner. If it had been a case of abuse, the dog’s reaction to their owner would’ve been fear, not joy.

Lauretta Riddle
Community Member
1 year ago

Our neighbors didnt treat their puppy very well. I didnt say anything but felt sorry for him - my dogs would come in the house and he would cry. Then one Christmas morning I opened to back door to let my dogs out, left the door open since it was nice out (Texas) and heard someone chowing down at the food dish - turned around to find a brown and white dog helping himself. I did not have a brown and white dog. Neighbors dog had found a way into my yard and decided to stay with me, no matter how many times I put him back. They moved and left him. I didnt steal him - he just helped himself!

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

That kidnapper really wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed. He walked the dog in the exact same place he kidnapped him and the dog is extremely identifiable so he really couldn't claim that he mixed up the dog. The reunion was so adorable--Titus' little noises were the cutest.

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
1 year ago

And he conveniently left his nose out of his mask for easy identification XD doesn't wear his mask properly, steals dogs, I think that in the shed he'd have to be the inflatable pool toy in terms of sharpness

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