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Stolen puppy returns home after WBTV story

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

A Charlotte family has been reunited with their stolen puppy, following a story WBTV aired last week.

We showed you surveillance video of two teens carrying the little dog away, and we asked you to call if you knew anything about the crime.

We're happy to report, one of you did know something, and you called. We were there for the happy reunion as Traci and Ray Drury brought five month old Riley home.

"Riley is one cool dog," said Ray Drury.

Drury and his wife spent hours around the clock trying to find the little brindle mix breed puppy, after surveillance video showed Riley being snatched from their backyard. A neighbor called the couple after seeing the WBTV report.

"We had a hot lead that he was off Carolina Lily, so I went by and checked out Carolina Lily," Drury said.

After several weeks of very little sleep and complete panic, Ray Drury found Riley with a group of strangers, three miles away from his home.

"When Ray called me, I couldn't believe it when he said I see him. I said well do you have him? He said not yet, I got to get the cops," Traci Drury said.

Police were called to a home near Concord Mills, but the couple decided not to press charges. They just wanted Riley home.

"There are still a lot of good people out there, if you reach out," Traci Drury said.

The Drury's tell us Riley seemed to be well-fed while he was gone. He also had no injuries.

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