This dog thief got more than he bargained for, when a triathlon winner threw off her flipflops and chased after him for half an hour…
This absolute hero, Alyssa Sanderford saw on a Facebook post that a couple’s dog had gone missing from outside a shop.
Wiley, the chocolate Labrador had been tied to a ‘doggie dock’- a post where pets can be tied onto, in case that needs clarification, but after only a few minutes of being left, he’d gone.
The next day, legendary Alyssa noticed a ‘clean cut man, in his 20s,’ walking what looked suspiciously like the lost dog through Dallas, complete with an orange collar on like the one in the photo.
Without hesitation, the heroine pulled up, got out of the car and squared upto the dog-walker.
I probably didn’t do the smartest thing. I just walked up to him and said, ‘That dog’s stolen. You need to give it back
He was like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ I said, ‘You took that dog last night at Trader Joe’s. Give me the leash.
The guy refused to hand back the stolen dog and instead, legged it down the road. Unlucky for him but lucky for Wiley, Alyssa was a triathlon athlete, so she whipped off her flipflops and went after him in hot pursuit.
The trooper, did not give up, running after him for a full 30 minutes, attracting help from passers-by as she went. One of the helpers used his car to block the thief, so that she could call the police and the owners of the poor stolen pup.
The owners arrived to be met by an ecstatic Wiley, who immediately recognised her mistress and jumped up to greet her.Wiley’s owner was over-the-moon to be reunited with her lost companion and extremely grateful to brave Alyssa.
I don’t even know this girl, and she risked so much to bring our dog home to us. It’s an unbelievable story. It sounds a little silly, but it restores your faith in humanity. For the one bad guy who had her, there were so many people who reached out and cared.
What a touching story.
It’s so good to know that there are some really good people out there in the world.