LONGMONT, COLORADO: Longmont police have launched a search operation for an unidentified woman who allegedly stole a dog from an elderly man as he was lying on the ground after suffering from a seizure.
The Longmont police department in a statement on Facebook said that the 59-year-old man, who had been feeling sick on Tuesday, July 30, decided to walk with his dog to a 7-Eleven when he suddenly had a seizure. The man then fell on the ground helpless and was unable to get up until emergency responders arrived on the scene.
Meanwhile, an unidentified woman, who saw the pooch beside the man, walked in and took the dog away. Surveillance footage of the incident from the convenience store showed the woman removing the pooch from the area as paramedics attended to the man.
The man, who has not been publicly identified, was taken to the hospital where he later died, according to People.
The man's relatives, struck with grief at the loss of the family member and the dog, pleaded with authorities to assist them in finding the missing canine. When officials showed the picture of the woman to the relatives, the family said that they did not know the woman.
Deputy Police Chief Satur, however, found the dog on Wednesday when he was walking on Main Street and spotted the dog names Sampson. He then contacted the family, who confirmed that the was Sammy. The family was reunited with their dog an hour later and the canine was reportedly thrilled to see them, according to police.
Longmont Police, in a statement, said: "We understand this was an emotional reunion. But, kisses all around to the large group of family that came to pick Sampson. He was thrilled to see them.”
One of the family members, Marci Millington Lary, commented on the police department's Facebook post, thanking the officers, saying: "We are so grateful and relieved to have our Sam Sam back home. Yes, there are some malicious people out there in the world, but there are also kind, compassionate and caring people and we are so fortunate to live in a community like this.”