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Stolen Service Dog Returned to Owner

February 22nd 2013 5:57 am
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By Ricardo Navarro -

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -- It was love at first sight for Ernestina Saldana and her dog, Honey.

"The way she looks at you is very sweet, its like she can see right through you," said Saldana.

Saldana rescued Honey 3 years ago. But Saldana needed Honey more than Honey needed her. Saldana is a paraplegic, and she also has a pinched nerve which makes it even more difficult to move.

"At that time I had shared custody so I didn't have my daughters with me all the time and I started relying on Honey a lot," said Saldana.

Honey quickly learned and helped her get out of bed, turn on lights and even open the fridge, among other tasks.

Two weeks ago all of that was taken away. It was outside the Bagelrey on Maple and Cedar Street in Santa Cruz, where Saldana said Honey was taken. She said she was in the bagel shop for 15 minutes and when she came out, her car door was wide open and Honey was no where to be found.

"I'm not planning on pressing charges, I'm not planning to pursue anybody. I want my dog is my only thing," said Saldana.

The more time that went by the more Saldana cried for her dog.

"She was there for me, Honey is more than just a service dog for me," said Saldana.

However, Tuesday afternoon Saldana got the news she was waiting for. Saldana said someone turned Honey in to Police and the animal shelter. Someone had in fact stolen Honey.

Now, Saldana is crying tears of joy. Honey is back in service.

The training that Honey went through is valued at almost $10,000. The person who turned Honey in, will not face any charges, as promised.


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Barked by: Jamaica - A Rainbow Girl (Dogster Member)

February 22nd 2013 at 6:05 am

Another Santa Cruz Story!

So glad this ended well!
Barked by: MrJackFreckles~SirLick-a-Lot (Dogster Member)

February 22nd 2013 at 7:36 am

Hooray...fur Honey, and even more fur Saldana!

Great story, Jamaica!
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

February 22nd 2013 at 7:48 pm

I am not good at forgiveness for sly evil thieves... Just glad that the lady has her dog back unharmed...
Barked by: ✨ Whitley ✨ (Dogster Member)

February 23rd 2013 at 2:47 am

Glad that Honey are back home!

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