Family's Pet Back Home After Reported Theft
Posted February 23, 2004 5:37 a.m. EST
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Cumberland County couple was reunited with their pet dog over the weekend, just a day after they had reported the dog stolen.
Tom and Lovia Barefoot said Friday that someone broke into their home, stole jewelry and
took their 20-pound dachshund, Fritz.
A man who watched a report on WRAL about the theft noticed that the dog he had just bought looked a lot like Fritz. As it turned out, it was Fritz.
The man said he bought the dog from a couple who said they were moving out of town and could not take the dog. He bought the dog for his father.
He said the dog had been given a different name, but he responded to "Fritz."
The man contacted the Barefoots, who reimbursed him after getting Fritz back.
Lovia Barefoot said Fritz is a little thinner, but "that's probably a good thing."
The man who found Fritz is expected to give a description of the couple to investigators. Cumberland County investigators still are looking for the stolen jewelry.