Dog returned after being snatched from North Shore beach

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The dog stolen from a beach on Oahu’s North Shore is back at home, just hours after the story aired on KHON2.

Kelly Kraynek said, she and her six-year-old Pomeranian “Colette” were swimming at Three Tables in Pupukea Tuesday afternoon.

Kraynek said a man in a striped hoodie was sitting nearby on the shore and began petting Colette, who was not on a leash at the time. Then, the unthinkable occurred.

“I laid down, I closed my eyes for less than 20 seconds. He had scooped her up and began running up the beach right here and there were two people, two gentleman at the bus stop, they kind of saw him and a white Jeep Cherokee drove by and pulled over. He ran and got in the passenger seat and drove away,” Kraynek said. “It was calculated. He watched me. He waited for me to lay down and close my eyes. He waited and he was very nice and I just never thought this would happen to me, to my dog.”

Kraynek told KHON2 that she was receiving text messages from someone claiming to have Colette, asking for money in exchange for a safe return. There was also a suspicious posting on Craigslist with someone trying to sell a small dog as soon as possible for $150 in the University area.

Kraynek says a woman bought Colette from a man selling the dog in front of a pet store Wednesday afternoon. The woman found out later that the dog was stolen and reached out to Kraynek to return her.

“I’m so excited that shes well, alive and not harmed. I’m just elated,” Kraynek said over the phone.

Kraynek did contact police to tell them about what happened. KHON2 will follow up to see what comes next and if someone will be arrested.

To prevent this from happening to you, the Hawaiian Humane Society encourages you to keep your dog on a leash. You can also get your dog micro-chipped, and buy a dog license, which shows proof of ownership.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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