Missing dog found, reunited with owner

Published: Jan. 30, 2021 at 7:12 AM EST
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MIDDLEBURY, Ind. (WNDU) - For the past few days, 16 News Now has been telling you about 77-year-old Jerry Wallace, whose truck was stolen in Middlebury Wednesday morning with his dog still in it.

Since then, Wallace has been pleading with the public to help him find his dog, Jay.

We are happy to report that Jay has been found safely and reunited with Wallace Saturday morning.

“He just climbed all over me...Yes, we love each other and we missed each other too,” Wallace said.

The dog was reportedly found in Kalamazoo, according to family.

The woman who found him - who asked to remain anonymous - told 16 News Now over the phone that she found Jay while walking her dog. Jay’s collar did not have a phone number or address on it, so she reportedly took him inside, fed him and wrapped him in blankets. She also said she had planned to call the animal shelter.

Then she said she randomly came across our news stories on her Facebook feed and called Wallace’s daughter right away.

At first she reportedly declined to take the $1,000 reward, but the family insisted.

This is still an ongoing investigation, so we do not know many details at this time, like how Jay ended up in Kalamazoo, but we will be sure to update you with anything we find out.

Authorities told 16 News Now that they are actively working this case.

“That main upstairs was helping us...I never thought I’d see him...You people helped me do that too,” Wallace said.

Your support has been phenomenal too: offering prayers and asking how you can help Wallace.

There is a GoFundMe page set up to help Wallace with some unexpected expenses.

If you are interested in helping, click here.

At last check, Wallace’s truck is still missing and the suspect(s) has not been caught.

If you know anything, you are encouraged to call the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office.

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