The holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, but this whole season has been a nightmare for Angel Ontiveros, whose Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Trixie, disappeared from her Austin home on Christmas Eve.
She experienced a huge wave of relief when the dog turned up two months later in nearby San Antonio, only for Trixie to be stolen again by the time she arrived to pick her up.
When San Antonio Animal Care Services reviewed their security footage, they noticed a thin man in a track suit, baseball ball-cap and tattoos chain-smoking cigarettes outside the building. When the shelter finally opens, he heads straight for Trixie’s kennel, ushers the poor dog into a silver BMW with paper license plates, and quickly drives away.
The upcoming days felt like torture as Angel, her sons, and their second dog, Cooper, fretted and prayed for Trixie’s safe return. Fortunately, a different woman noticed Trixie tied up outside of a gas station and took her to a veterinarian, who quickly got in touch with Angel.
Naturally, Trixie’s microchip also went a long way in salvaging the situation. “Microchips are awesome because it allows us to track down and identify the owner,” ACS director, Heber Lefgren, told reporters. “It’s also very difficult to change the ownership of record in the microchip and it allows us to be able to reunite a pet back to the owner in a very quick manner.”
Trixie has already been reunited with her owner, though her dog-snatchers still remain at large. “WOW, we can’t think of a better Valentine’s Day gift,” Angel wrote on Facebook while noting the irony of her sweet dog also being returned at National Pet Theft Awareness Day. “Glad you’re back home sweet girl…maybe no more adventures for a while.”
Watch their heartfelt reunion in the video below!
J. Swanson is a writer, traveler, and animal-enthusiast based in Seattle, an appropriately pet-crazed city where dog or cat ownership even outweighs the number of kids. When the weather permits, she likes to get outside and explore the rest of the Pacific Northwest, always with a coffee in hand.
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