Bailey and Bentley, the two Yorkshire Terriers who were taken when the car they were in was stolen, are making the long trip home today. Owner Karen Mills was grateful to the Stanislaus County Sheriffs investigators who tracked the two pets down and recovered her Acura MDX.
“It was the biggest blessing of my life other than my children,” said Mills.
Last week she stopped at a KFC in Patterson just of Interstate 5 on her way from Oregon to her home in Palm Desert. She stopped briefly at a KFC for food when a man and a woman hopped in her SUV and drove off with her belongs, her money and her precious pets. Karen’s sister from Oregon drove down to help search for the dogs at shelters, on Craigslist and by following up leads.
After nearly a week news reports of her plight generated a tip that lead to the recovery of her belongs that were strewn along Highway 33 near Newman. Her car was found by the CHP nearby. Gone were cash, credit cards, jewelry and the dogs. Karen and her sister Judy Galloway maintained from the beginning that the car and the money took a backseat to finding Bailey and Bentley.
Detectives were able to find a Facebook account were people talked about acquiring two Yorkies. They located the owners of the Facebook account and recovered the dogs, which were identified through their microchips.
The sisters were called to the Patterson Police offices — which are manned by Sheriff’s deputies — to identify their property and were surprised to see the dogs.
“I screamed … it was extremely emotional,” said Galloway who considers the dogs part of her family.
The sisters say they want to thank the help they got from strangers, especially the Sheriffs Department officers.
Karen loaded her dogs into her SUV after minor repairs were made at the Modesto Acura dealership. She said she has a greater appreciation of her pets after what she and her sister call a miracle.
“I will treasure them probably more,” said Mills.