Homeless man reunited with dog that was stolen from Albuquerque McDonald's | KOB 4

Homeless man reunited with dog that was stolen from Albuquerque McDonald's

Ryan Laughlin
September 19, 2018 08:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A homeless man living with PTSD said his service dog when stolen at a McDonald’s when he stepped inside to buy a McFlurry.


"Somebody saw my backpack and thought my dog needed a better life,” said Sinjun Smith. "Which she doesn't, she has a good life -- I promise.”

When he noticed his dog was gone Sunday, he called his mother.

"Someone went through the drive-thru and jumped out of the car and put the dog in the car,” said Cristel Prue, Smith’s mother.

To make matters worse, Prue said the dog has cancer.

“So, it's even more emotional because we want them to be together. Before -- until – whenever," Prue said. “He treats that dog better than people treat their kids."

Wednesday afternoon, they got a call from the animal shelter on Lomas saying they had Smith's dog. The two were reunited a short time later.

Officials at the shelter said the dog was very well taken care of. She is fixed, up-to-date on all her shots and microchipped.

That’s how they were able to track down the owner.

Police are investigating who took the dog.

However, Smith is just happy to have his best friend back.

"I'm happy. She's happy. Don't steal dogs from homeless people,” Smith said. “Don't steal dogs, for real."


Ryan Laughlin

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