DENVER – A service dog who was stolen from a Colorado man and later found more than 1,200 miles away in California, reunited with its rightful owner Wednesday evening.
Four-and-half-year-old Susi was reportedly stolen from Eero Kanerva from a California woman vacationing in northern Colorado two weeks ago.
Kanerva told a California TV news station she and the suspect met at a dog park and eventually planned to take their dogs to a lake days later.
During a pit stop, Kanerva went to grab drinks and that’s when he said the woman sped off with her dog.
"I don't understand how somebody can ever do that, especially somebody that loves dogs as she apparently did,” Kanerva told KION-TV. “She should know that that dog is going to be confused and lost and let alone me the owner."
Authorities found Susi after witnesses reported seeing the service dog on California’s Central Coast and last Saturday, a Monterey County Sheriff’s deputy found Susi in the town of Watsonville, bringing her to the local SPCA.
A local organization in the area, Peace of Mind Dog Rescue, arranged and paid for Susi’s flight back to Colorado Wednesday evening.
Susi flew from San Jose to Los Angeles and arrived in Denver just before 8 p.m.