This Christmas wish came true. It sounds like a movie - but there is no George Bailey. Instead, there's a dog named Marley and a little girl named Mia Bendray, from New York City.
On Christmas Eve, the family went into a restaurant to pick up food. As so many people do, they tied up their dog outside, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Marley clearly didn't went to go with the Grinch who swept him up. You can see this clearly on the surveillance video. The entire city of New York saw this, as the video of the theft was broadcast on TV around the Big Apple. The Grinch was recognized, and nabbed when he tried to sell the dog.
"Thank you, the people of Washington Heights… Those great Samaritans… And now we got him on Christmas Day," Mia's mother Angie Estrada told WABC-TV.
The dog was rescued by Tina Cohen, a high school Spanish teacher, who came across a man on Monday in another section of Manhattan standing on a street corner and yelling that he had a dog for sale. Cohen only had $100 on her. The alleged dog-napped demanded twice that. So Cohen went to a nearby Staples and bought merchandise she then returned for cash. She bought Marley for $200 and quickly took the dog to the veterinarian that treats her own dogs. The vet scanned the microchip to find Marley's family.
In the meantime, other bystanders called the cops, who soon collared the alleged dognapper Brad Bacon, 29. Bacon appears to have been caught on video taking the dog on Monday.
If I walk down the street right now - little question I'll see at least one pup tied outside Starbucks. I've been asked people for years not to tie down their dogs. Without the surveillance video, and cooperation of broadcast outlets, Marley never would might never have been recovered. Or because the dog was chipped, at least there was a chance he would have been recovered, but then the thief who sold the dog never would have been caught. This is why I am no fan of tying dogs outside.