MILWAUKEE -- It's any pet owner's worst nightmare. Their pet missing. For one Milwaukee woman, her grief was short-lived after her dog was stolen. Plus, the crooks that took him weren't even after him, but something else entirely.
Valerie Tergerson says she was up all night worrying about her dog, Arrow. He was in her friend's car when thieves took it on Sunday, August 21st. One day later, they were reunited at MADACC, the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission.
"It reminded me of the first day I saw him," said Tergerson.
Arrow was found near 6th and Vine on Monday -- the same day they were reunited. It was near where the car was stolen. He was picked up and brought into MADACC by a Good Samaritan.
"It's very, very helpful when people people really look for your dog immediately. I mean, you'd be surprised how many people lose their dog and they don't look for the dog for three or four days," said Kathy Shillinglaw, outreach volunteer coordinator at MADACC.
Tergerson guessed the thieves ditched the dog after realizing he was in the car.
MADACC credited Tergerson for having Arrow implanted with a microchip. If he hadn't been, her wait to find him could have been much longer.
"I'm really, really happy to have him back," said Tergerson.
Not only was Arrow found, but her friend's car was discovered as well.