Durham, N.C. — A Durham family was reunited Friday with their pet dog, Sophie, that was stolen from their home during a break-in earlier in the week. This is really a story of one bad deed spawning several good ones.
Ronald Leathers, a sixth grader at Shepherd Middle School, approached pet owner Elizabeth Newman while she was hanging flyers Thursday about her missing pup. Leathers said that he knew where to find the dog, and he led Newman to the home of a family who said they had purchased the dog.
Newman was so pleased to get Sophie back that she gave Leathers a $500 reward.
Leathers, who lost his father just two months ago, is truly a Good Samaritan. Newman accidentally left her credit card in the envelope full of cash she gave the boy. He returned it without hesitation.
Leathers mom said, “I know his dad would be proud too.” She said she wished the boy’s father could have seen the moment.
Police still don’t know who stole Sophie and sold her the unsuspecting Pemberton family.
Maggie Pemberton said she paid a stranger $200 for the dog. According to Newman, Pemberton graciously gave the dog back when she came to retrieve her.
But Pemberton’s 6-year-old daughter was distraught. She had fallen in love with the Yorkie and was sad when she had to give the pup back.
That’s when another good deed finished the circle. An anonymous donor offered a Yorkie-Poo to the Pembertons to make up for their loss. The family will receive their new dog on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.