Family credits social media for locating stolen dog

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A stolen Pitbull had a Makakilo family frantic for two weeks trying to find their dog.

Thanks to social media and some persistence, the family has a happy story to tell.

The owners didn’t know who to turn to so they got the word out through Facebook and Instagram. They not only got the dog back, they caught the guy who stole him.

Three-year-old Dzel is getting back to his old self, although he’s slightly banged up with a few scratches, and a little underweight. He went missing on Memorial Day, so at first owner Chantel Noa and her friend Kahea Ismael scoured the neighborhood looking for him.

“Please help us bring him home because he’s not just a dog, putting it out there, please take this picture and repost it,” Dzel’s owner Chantel Noa said.

They didn’t have much luck so they did an all out social media campaign, through Facebook, Instagram, and even Craigslist. That’s when the tips started coming in.

“Just random people that was like oh I saw this guy with your dog, oh Aala Park area, Kam Shopping Center, Gulick, just like all in this area,” family friend Kahea Ismael said.

Someone even posted a picture of the suspected thief with Dzel and another dog.

“Right there was like the hard evidence where we see him with the dog,” Noa said.

On Wednesday, Noa and her boyfriend drove into town to look for Dzel at some of the places he’d been spotted.

And sure enough, they saw Dzel with the man along with another dog. They called the police and had him arrested.

“He’s apologizing oh I’m sorry, he takes Dzel right off the leash and he lets him go and says that’s their dog,” Noa said.

“What he said was the female dog was pregnant with Dzel’s puppies,” Ismael said.

Ismael and Noa believe that Dzel was taken so he can be bred with the other dog. That dog has been turned in to the Hawaiian Humane Society. The family is just glad to have Dzel back.

“I hug him before I go to bed and I hug him before I go to work and so happy that he’s back and our family’s happy,” Noa said.

The family is also grateful to the friends and strangers who were very helpful in getting Dzel back home.

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