Andrew Wright wept as he picked up his dog Polo at the kennel on Wednesday after a WJW viewer recognized the Havanese from the news.
Wright had asked for help finding the Havanese purebred who alerts him if he is about to suffer a seizure.
Polo is back at home, but Wright said he's still looking for a puppy that was also taken when a thief stole his car early Friday at a gas station.
The car was equipped with OnStar and was later recovered by police, but the puppy, known as Baby Girl, is still missing.
A devastated Wright told WJW on Tuesday night, "It's hurting, it's hurting every minute. I can't eat, I can't sleep, I hear [them] crying."
Polo was spotted on Tuesday wandering in a neighborhood on Cleveland's east side, about eight miles from where Wright's car was stolen.
"We paused the TV and then we were looking and then when he called him by his real name, he started listening and stuff," WJW viewer Mariah Singleton said. "So that's how we knew it was probably his dog.”
She said Polo had been following one of her neighbors around. She thought the dog was a stray that needed a home.
But Singleton contacted WJW and Cleveland police after she realized Polo was one of the dogs Wright had been searching for.
"I feel good, I'm happy he's home," said Singleton.
When he learned about Singleton’s role in reuniting him with his dog, Wright said, "Thank you for having a heart, thank God for opening your heart to call."
Wright is hoping someone will spot the puppy that is still missing. But for now, he says the return of Polo has renewed his faith in the goodness of people.
"That's community, you guys helped us, you're helping people, this is what we need,” said Wright.AlertMe