Georgia stranger returns stolen dog

ATLANTA (WXIA/CNN) – A South Carolina man is reunited with his dog in Atlanta.

He was passing through the city when his car was stolen — with his pet inside.

With help from complete strangers Michael Buckley posted fliers around Washington Park, where his car was found after it was stolen with his dog Tazzie inside. On the flier was a phone number that a good Samaritan gave him to use as a sort of “Tazzie Hotline.”

“And sure enough we were about to pack things up for the day maybe go make some more fliers, maybe get something to eat, and my phone rings. I picked it up and it was this lady calling me up told me ‘I think I’ve seen your dog,’” Buckley said.

“That’s the reason I called because I would want somebody to give mine back,” Melissa Robinson said.

Robinson had taken the dog in after finding him roaming the streets the day after he was stolen. When she came home from work today, she saw the flier and the number.

“He was like oh my God, it’s her. Yeah he just kept hugging me so,” Robinson said.

Michael and Tazzie are back together again and he can continue his journey to Colorado, where he was moving to when he ran into trouble in Atlanta.

But before he goes he wants everyone to know the three kids that stole his dog and car, should not give this city a black eye.

“Yeah there was the negativity of the fact that this happened in Atlanta, but you know it just goes to show you how many people around here and in this community came sort of to my aid and tried to help me find this dog and it was just great,” Buckley said.

From the volunteers who helped him post fliers, to the hotel staff where he stayed, to the complete stranger who drove him around the city the past few days helping him get his car back and looking for Tazzie.

“I’m so grateful that everything ended up like this and I’m actually back with her because I’m going to be honest with you I didn’t think that I was gonna have her back,” Buckley said.

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