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A golden retriever named Lily can rest easy now after being stolen in broad daylight from a San Francisco street over the weekend.
In a series of serendipitous events, the beloved dog was found and reunited with rightful owner Jenny Seta late Sunday evening.
Lily’s ordeal began Saturday when Seta left her outside of Nijiya Market in Japantown. In the short span of time it took for Seta to do a quick grocery run, a man was able to snatch Lily. Luckily, the entire crime was caught on camera, and Seta was able to post the surveillance footage to social media, in addition to reporting the dognapping to local police.
The footage struck a chord with many dog owners, who shared the video and sent in their tips, including possible sightings of Lily around the Tenderloin and Union Square.
On Instagram and Facebook, Seta recounted the “weird and beautiful coincidences,” leading up to Lily’s return. Seta and her family had spent all of Sunday searching for Lily when they ran into an off-duty police officer who promised to find Lily by the end of the night.
During the officer’s shift, he spotted a dog matching Lily’s description walking with a woman, who did not want to be identified. The woman — a dog lover herself — had found Lily roaming the Tenderloin alone and was attempting to locate her owners.
Lily was immediately reunited with Seta, who was full of gratitude for the response by the community, online and in real life. In awe, she wrote, “Someone is looking out for us.”
Nikki Tran is an SFGATE intern. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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