Updated: January 31, 2022 11:13 PM
Created: January 31, 2022 10:42 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — "Benny" the dog was inside a car that was stolen over the weekend. "Benny" was reunited with his owner Monday night. Benny's plight has been among the top read stories on our website and social media pages since he was taken on Saturday.
News10NBC's Stephanie Duprey was in contact with the owner all weekend.
A Rochester man is desperate to find his puppy Benny, after his car was taken with the dog in it. He says he ran inside a restaurant for food at East and Alexander last night when it happened. @news10nbc at 6 pic.twitter.com/cvuj3Ya6be— Stephanie Duprey (@WHEC_SDuprey) January 30, 2022
"I'm so happy to have benny back, he's here just eating some boiled chicken, he was hungry,” Eric Berg said.
Berg said he was handing out hundreds of "Missing dog" flyers Monday afternoon when his phone rang.
“A gentleman said 'I know where your dog is, it’s on sale for $500. I can go buy your dog for you,'” Berg said.
Berg said the man, who is anonymous, explained that he was offered to buy the pup for $500, and said no. Then the man’s wife realized Benny was a missing dog, so they went ahead and purchased him with the intent to return him to Berg.
"He said, 'I got him, I have your dog, he's here,' I said, 'Can you send me a picture?' and I saw Benny in his back seat my heart jumped I grabbed the reward money and got in my car,” Berg said.
Berg says they met up in a McDonald's parking lot to make the exchange.
"I should thank the man and also apologize because benny got excited and peed a little on his back seat, but I don't care I hope he doesn't care either I'm just so glad to have him back,” Berg said.
Berg says, he hopes his story saves others from having to go through what he did.
"It was a really hard lesson learned, and of course, there could have been other outcomes I'm so thankful to have him back,” Berg said.
Berg also wanted to thank the Rochester community for their help bringing Benny home.
As of Monday night, there was still an ongoing investigation and police were searching for Berg's car. Berg offered the reward "no questions asked" because he just wanted his dog back.
Watch Duprey and Berg' interview in the video in the player below (mobile users, click here):
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