She Chased A Man While Barefoot For 30 Minutes To Rescue A Stranger’s Stolen Dog

Alyssa Sanderford was scrolling through Facebook one evening when a curious post caught her eye. One of her friends had shared the poster for a missing dog: a chocolate lab wearing an orange collar. Alyssa had never met the people looking for their missing dog, but the story broke her heart.

Angela and Sterling Ream were desperately looking for their stolen dog. While shopping at Trader Joe’s, they had tied up their dog out front – the store encourages this – and came outside to find that their dog had been stolen. They spent the next day walking into each store and posting flyers on the streets, hoping that someone would spot their missing dog. 11-22a7When Alyssa read their story, her heart sank. She, too, had shopped at Trader Joe’s and knew how it felt to leave her own dogs outside for just a few moments while she shopped.

The very next morning, she was driving and saw a dog that looked like the missing dog wearing that same orange collar. She pulled into a parking lot and took her keys and phone to walk closer.

As she walked closer, she could tell that it was truly the same dog. When she confronted the man, he ran.

She gave chase – barefoot, having to remove her flip-flops in order to run after him – and followed him through residential neighborhoods, busy streets, and parking lots. She got help from three separate people who offered rides but each gave up after several fruitless minutes. She frequently runs in triathalons, but this man was determined to stay ahead of her.

By the time she caught up with him, he had circled back and met one of the guys that had initially tried to help her. The man had been able to intercept the dog-thief and wrestle the dog away from the man.

Alyssa called the owner.

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.” Angela Ream said.

The family has chosen not to press charges and have instead decided to pray for the man who was so desperate for companionship that he stole a dog in the first place.


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