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Lost-Pet Reunions: A neighbor left the gate open


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A neighborhood kid came into Kiki’s family’s yard and left the gate open.

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Kiki wandered out after a neighbor left the gate open — from Lupe in Hollister, CA

Our tragedy began around 8:15 Sunday, with a neighborhood kid getting into our back yard for his ball and leaving our gate open. Kiki walked out to the front.

Some kids walking their dogs took a liking to her and took Kiki instead of asking
around to find out whose dog it was. I have
no idea what they were thinking or why they did this.

I walked and drove by several times. I could hear her barking, but I could also hear many other dogs barking too. I wasn’t sure if it was her because I could not see her. Kiki is very loving and friendly and plays well with others.

I called HomeAgain at 9:45 and posted the information. The gentleman that helped me was so nice.

Monday morning I went to the shelter and other places; nothing.

I went again at noon, crying — and still nothing.

I called HomeAgain one more time. A young lady took my information and told me i could download a flyer off of their site, so I did. Thank you.

My blessing began Monday at 4:15 when HomeAgain called telling me that they had someone on the line who may have Kiki. It was the young girl who had taken her the night before. She was just three blocks away! I ran to her and we met halfway. I saw Kiki running like crazy to me.

We are so happy now and I would not have been able to get her back without HomeAgain! I only regret not getting the names of those who helped me. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!

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