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Stolen Yorkie Reunited With 80-Year-Old Owner

Deuce with owner Helen Bignone after a tipster who had bought the stolen dog returned him. Photo: Paul Chinn

By Henry K. Lee for

ALAMEDA, CA. — Deuce, the pilfered pooch from Alameda, has been reunited with his 80-year-old owner.

A Stockton woman who had bought the Yorkshire terrier for $20 saw a news report Wednesday and realized that the dog was the one that robbers tore from Helen Bignone nearly two weeks ago as Bignone was out for a Saturday afternoon walk, said Alameda police Lt. Sean Lynch.

“There are so many good people in the world,” Bignone said Thursday. “I’m on top of the world. Life is good, and people are wonderful.”

The tipster purchased the 6-year-old male dog from a man and woman on the street in Stockton several days after the Oct. 30 robbery, an incident that generated outrage and a reward for the animal’s safe return, Lynch said.

Police and Stockton animal control officers scanned the dog and confirmed his identity via his microchip, Lynch said.

Police Detective Mark Reynolds and Sgt. Pat Wyeth reunited Deuce and Bignone about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

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