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Owners say having stolen pit bull puppy MacGyver home is “incredible”

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- MacGyver, a four-month-old pit bull puppy stolen from his owner on Christmas Eve was reunited with his family on Wednesday night, January 16th. On Thursday evening, FOX6 sat down with MacGyver's family, and a couple who followed their instincts to lead MacGyver home.

The effort to bring MacGyver home was a project that began with FOX6's story that aired on Christmas night and grew through social networking. On Wednesday night, many were thrilled to hear of the happy ending after weeks of wishing and hoping for MacGyver's safe return home.

On Wednesday night, after being without their puppy for over three weeks, Cory and Sarah Malchow followed up on another lead.

"She got all anxious and everything and I was like 'honey, calm down. It could not be him,'" Cory Malchow said.

Sure enough, MacGyver was about to be reunited with his family!

"It was just, you break down and you cry. It was incredible," Sarah Malchow said.

Craig Harrison and Kiska Evans were responsible for taking MacGyver to the police station. On January 2nd, nine days after MacGyver was stolen, Harrison first spotted the puppy.

"It was about 7:00 that night and a white car ride up on me and asked did I want to buy a dog. He looked pretty fiesty so hey, I'll take him. I like fiesty dogs," Harrison said.

Harrison and Evans had the dog for nearly two weeks, and he became part of their family until Harrison was in a store on Wednesday night. That's when Harrison spotted a flyer with MacGyver's picture and information.

"That's all that we were asking for -- get the word out there and do the right thing," Cory Malchow said.

"It's like a breath of fresh air -- like we turned in a lost child. I would like my child to be returned, wouldn't you?" Harrison said.

"I told him thank you. From the bottom of my heart, just thank you. Thank you for being a good person," Cory Malchow said.

There was a reward established for MacGyver's safe return that went to the puppy's rescuers. 

Now, both couples say their dogs will have play dates!

The Malchows said they would like to thank the community for all the help and support, for without it, MacGyver would not have been returned.

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